Perennial. A member of the mint family. Has a distinctive fragrance that is intensely attractive to most cats. It is native to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The small, white flowers are attractive to bees. Grows best in full sunlight and average, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. The essential oil has mosquito repellent qualities. Catnip can reseed aggressively – cut off spent flower stalks before they drop seed.