Cats in the Western Himalayas must be quite big if this is what they get to roll around in. Nepeta govaniana commonly known as yellow catmint is a tall, erect, aromatic and sticky perennial herb growing up to a metre high with sturdy squarish stems and very fine velvety leaves.
Forget the normal bluey-grey plants so beloved by backyard moggies, this has open sprays of large, pale yellow flowers with a loosely graceful habit.
It blooms from mid summer onwards thriving in cool soils that retain even moisture. The leaves have a sweet aromatic fragrance when crushed and contain seventeen terpenes that make an essential oil useful for pharmaceuticals.
Both cats and dogs can find this plant irresistible but it depends on whether that attraction is in their genes. If their mother didn't like the smell they won't either.
Cool, even moisture
Sun, partial shade
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