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.