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Catmint

Nepeta


Description:

A fragrant, ornamental herb that prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

 

Common Name: Catmint
Botanical Name: Nepeta
Type: Deciduous Perennial
Soil Preference: This plant tolerates drought and will also grow in moist soils but prefers moist, well-drained or loamy soils with a netural pH.   'Walker's Low' is sensitive to humidity.
Light Requirements: Full sun, partial sun, partial shade
Attributes: Attracts butterflies, good for naturalizing
Pests: Leafhoppers
Diseases: Black root rot, wilt, powdery mildew
Good Companion Plants: Beardtongue, Bee Balm, Hollyhock Mallow, Pincushion Flower, Shasta Daisy, Yarrow
Care: Prune back older foliage on the outside after blooming to encourage new growth and a denser plant.  Division can be done in the spring if necessary. 

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Nepeta x faassenii 'Blue Wonder'
Catmint, Catnip
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a plethora of lavender-blue flowers in early thru midsummer. The relatively short stature of this variety makes it a good candidate for the front of the border. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Blue, green, silvery
Height: 8-14"
Spread: 12-24"


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Nepeta x faassenii 'Kit Kat'
Catmint, Catnip
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A unique new dwarf form of nepeta that is smaller in scale in every aspect: shorter habit, smaller leaves, and smaller flowers (but more numerous). The small, grey-green leaves form a wide, dense clump that can be used as a ground cover in sunny, dry areas or rock gardens. From early through late summer, small terminal clusters of nearly true blue flowers are produced. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Bloom Color: Blue shades
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Grey-green
Height: 18"
Spread: 30"


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Nepeta nervosa 'Pink Cat'
Catmint, Catnip
zones 4-9
 
Description: The tall flower stalks hold dense clusters of large pink flowers atop compact rounded mounds of dark green foliage. Prolific bloomer.  Cut back after blooming to encourage another flush of flowers. Does well in dry, ordinary soil.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 10"
Spread: 12"


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Nepeta x faassenii  'Purrsian Blue'
Catmint, Catnip
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Forms a small, perfectly rounded, densely branched clump of tiny, green leaves in it’s first year.  In year two, the plant maintains its compact mounding habit but nearly doubles its spread to 2 feet! Periwinkle blue flowers bloom just above the aromatic foliage from early summer into early fall. 
Bloom Color: Periwinkle
Bloom Time: Early Summer - Early Fall
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18"
Spread: 30"


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Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
Catmint, Catnip
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a plethora of soft lavender-blue flowers which are produced over a long period in summer. Although the stems are 2-3 feet long, the plant's arching habit brings the height down to 18 to 24 inches if it is not staked. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Bloom Color: Blue/lavender
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green and silvery (fragrant)
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 12-24"
 

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