Hey Viper! I was wondering if I could pick your brain really quick. I've got a patio garden going and I'm growing a container with catmint. Have you ever noticed any difference in using catmint versus catnip?
“Catmint” is a general name for all plants in the genus Nepeta which does include catnip.
There are hundreds of different species but there are two that are most common in my region:
Catnip / Catswort / True catnip (Nepeta cataria) - You can use it for herbal teas, oils, incense and smoking pipe blends.
Giant catmint / Caucasus catmint (Nepeta grandiflora) - much taller and lusher than true catnip. It isn’t as aromatic to humans as true catnip.
Catmints have a lot of different features but a big majority of them produce nepetalactone. It famously attracts cats but also lacewings (which feast on aphids and mites) and scare away deer and cockroaches.
If you want to attract certain animals and you should be good with any species. If you do plan drinking herbal teas or using it as a spice, I would recommend getting True catnip or doing proper research about the specific species you’re getting before doing so.