Sharkey and I witnessed some strange behavior in the garden yesterday causing me to do a little research about the plant called Nepeta cataria, or catmint and catnip. Martha likes how it looks growing along a border because it is pretty with its whorls of lavender or white flowers, which the honeybees are attracted to. Some people find that drinking catnip tea is very soothing. But, for some cats, this plant causes a very different effect, sending them into states of euphoria. After sniffing and chewing leaves, or toys made with catnip, cats may roll around, stretch, shake their heads, stare, and salivate. Some cats will even run and leap through the air. Apparently, there is an active chemical called nepetalactone, located in the plant's leaves that causes this feline rapture. Silly cats - go figure!!!
Do you think the cat mint is causing that bizarre behavior? Franny, I tasted it and it doesn't do anything for me.