Catmint

SciAdv: The evolutionary origins of the cat attractant nepetalactone in catnip

Catnip or catmint ( _Nepeta_ spp.) is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) famed for its ability to attract cats. This phenomenon is caused by the compound nepetalactone, a volatile iridoid that also repels insects. Iridoids are present …