In Finland there are two different catnips you can buy:
One is the VERY
difficult to find "kissanminttu," which is Nepeta nepeta
--the ORIGINAL catnip.
The second is the less difficult to find "mirrinminttu," which is known as Nepeta x faassenii
or "Blue Catnip."
In America, I bought seeds of Nepeta nepeta
because they are difficult to find and buy here and those said seeds are JUST now starting to sprout--a whopping four weeks after planting! Also, last weekend I was VERY lucky enough to come across a seller at a local cat show who had Nepeta nepeta
and bought a few small babies. But, all of these plants are still babies and are in no way ready to be cut for my cat's enjoyment.
This weekend I went out to a large Finnish garden centre and they had Nepeta x faassenii
there for sale in a large container. It had really pretty flowers and smelled similar to the original catnip, so I decided to buy one because my cats won't get to enjoy my little Nepeta nepeta
sproutlings THIS year.
Well, here boils down the whole point of this post: Nepeta x faassenii
DOES NOT give have the same affects on a cat that Nepeta nepeta
does! Only Gerona has shown some interest in the "mirrinminttu." She likes to stomp on it and then smell her paws, but that's it, whereas when she gets ahold of Nepeta nepeta
, she's rubbing the leaves into her fur, purring and acting like she's in pure ecstasy. As for Galina, she doesn't give a hoot about Nepeta x faassenii
and only cares for the REAL thing.
So, I don't know if this will hold true for everyone, but if you ever go out to buy your cat some "catnip" in the LIVE form, check the scientific name first! Not all Nepeta
s are created equal!
Here's a link so you can see Nepeta x faassenii