nep·​e·​ta | \ ˈne-pə-tə How to pronounce nepeta (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Shorter plants may be Lady’s Mantle, borage (with their startling blue flowers), nepeta (cat’s mint, not as enticing as catnip), woolly lamb’s ear or even moss roses. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nepeta

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nepeta

New Latin, from Latin, an aromatic herb

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“Nepeta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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