Stachys aethiopica or kattekruie in Afrikaans, is a soft perennial herb. It has opposite, ovate, toothed leaves with glandular hairs. Whorls of mauve, white or pink flowers are produced in August and September. (Some suggest all year round except in midwinter.) The scent exuded by this plant associates it with cat urine. The plant straggles in fynbos, grassland, scrub or forest to a height of 50 cm along the southern and eastern coasts of South Africa and into tropical Africa (Manning, 2009; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).