Edgeworth's Garden


Maria Edgeworth Centre Garden

Outside the Maria Edgeworth Centre is a grassy area with path and seating and along the walls you can find the Centre Garden. These pages give you details of the plants in that Garden.

Nepeta_Cataria garden plant

Nepeta Cataria

Nepeta cataria is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae, native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of China. It is widely naturalized in northern Europe, New Zealand, and North America.

This plant is called catnip or catmint because cats find it irresistible and they love to roll in its aromatic grey leaves. Wild cats such as loins and leopards react in the same way as domestic cats. 

It has a lemony mint flavour and is widely used in cooking as a herb to flavour teas, sauces and soups. 

Nepeta plants are extensively used in herbal medicine for the treatment of colic, cough, asthma and diarrhoea among many others. In some countries it is used as an antidote to snake and scorpion bites. Catnip has a mild sedative effect that can alleviate anxiety and promote better sleep. It is not addictive and is considered safe for humans. 

Nepeta Cataria can be propagated by dividing clumps in spring. It thrives in full sun but it does not do well in heavy waterlogged soil.