Schizonepeta tenuifolia Japanese Catnip, Jing jie 

Schizonepeta tenuifolia, Japanese Catnip, Jing jie

2002 was the first year we direct-seeded this annual. What a bonus! It grew beautifully large and was covered with a mass of lavender tails that moved with every breeze. The plants were thinned to eight inches but became one powerful mass by the end in November. Non-invasive and well behaved, you must collect the seeds to have it again. The flowers, stems and leaves are pungently bitter and very aromatic.
Grow specs: 1-3 feet. Ordinary loam. Sun. Most often used for sore throats and temperature regulation, it is also used for skin rashes both externally and internally.

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