Why do cats love to snuggle up to lavender plants? I was in my garden weeding when I noticed the fluffy orange cat out of the corner of my eye. Something about the way the cat approached the flower bed seemed stealth-like. She cased out the landscape as she sat on the curb.
The creature walked slowly and quietly toward the flower bed with my blooming lavender plant.
This feline tiptoed into the flower bed and then plopped herself down in the middle of my English lavender. I watched in wonder.
She stepped out back on the warm sidewalk and stretched out for a little relaxation.
A few minutes passed. The cat began rolling around in the lavender in a playful way. That’s when I remembered. Lavender belongs to the mint family. Another member of this extensive family is catnip. Catnip’s Latin name is Napeta Cataria. Catnip, a herbaceous perennial, periodically dies back to the ground and then resumes growth from the root structure. Marijuana is a distant cousin to catnip.
Cats go crazy for catnip, so now I understand why cats in my neighborhood can’t resist my lavender garden.