I don't think the flowers are a problem with catnip, which is in the mint
family. People normally use the stalks, leaves and flowers all together. If you
want the plant to last longer during the season, pinch off the flowers. More
energy will go into the leaves and the plant won't wither as early. But as
far as I know, it's fine to use mint family flowers in teas, etc.--they are not
different from the leaves, except they may be a bit weaker in flavor.
Judith in NC
In a message dated 8/2/2005 4:43:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I grow our own. I started some last spring from seed
> inside and then put it in the garden...Its perennial
> and returns each year.
> As far as safety ?? I don't know, I guess moderation
> is good, I just give them a leave about once a week
> or less and stay away from giving the flowers...just
> in case these are harmful.
> Marthe, Gina and Lenny
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