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Nepeta raphanorrhiza is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - W. Himalayas from Afghanistan to Kashmir.
Locally common on open dry slopes, 1700 - 2000 metres in Kashmir[
Easily grown in a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Plants are bushier when grown in fertile soils[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
A good bee plant[
Root - cooked[
]. An almond flavour[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame in the autumn[
]. The germination of spring sown seed can be erratic[
], it is best sown in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
If you have sufficient freshly ripe seed then it is well worth trying a sowing outdoors in situ in the autumn.
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Basal cuttings in late spring or early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.