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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout, there are large groupings of wild indigo, feathery amsonia hubrichtii, gray-green nepeta, pink echinacea, lavender, and amethyst allium millenium, as well as showy foxtail lilies, 4-foot-tall dahlias, verbascum, hollyhocks, and cosmos leading up to the house. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, 14 Aug. 2020 One of her favorites to tuck around natives is nonnative perennial calamint Calamintha nepeta. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 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, 21 Mar. 2018

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, an aromatic herb

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nepeta was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Nepeta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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