Nepeta cataria is in the mint family Lamiaceae. Commonly known as catnip, it is native to Europe and Asia, but has become naturalized in many parts of North America. This herbaceous perennial blooms from spring through fall, with dense axillary clusters of spotted white to pink flowers. Catnip contains the compound nepetalactone, which is the main molecule that causes inebriation in cats. Catnip can induce euphoria when smelled but acts as a sedative when eaten. About 50% of cats are affected and will roll and flop about, run around frantically, and/or lay about in a daze. But don’t worry, the effects are harmless and temporary!