Catmint

Nepeta × faassenii

Catmint - Nepeta ×  faassenii

Common Name: Catmint
Genus: Nepeta
Species: ◊ faassenii

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A dwarf catmint with slender spikes of lavender-blue summer flowers and aromatic sage-green leaves. This clump-forming perennial will form open drifts of hazy blue flowers for weeks over the summer months and makes a lovely informal edging plant for paths and borders. When it's trodden underfoot the cascading foliage releases an intoxicating aroma. Fresh or dried, the leaves make a refreshing and therapeutic tea which is high in Vitamin C and has traditionally been used to treat such conditions as nervousness insomnia, hyperactivity, colds and fevers. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and as the name suggests cats love the foliage. To prevent cats from flattening the plant insert several twiggy sticks into the centre.

  • Garden care: Cut back after flowering has finished to keep the plant compact. Lift and divide large clumps in spring replanting divided specimens with lots of well-rotted organic matter. If powdery mildew becomes a problem prune out the affected areas.


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