Giant catmint

Nepeta grandiflora 'Wild Cat'

Giant catmint - Nepeta grandiflora  'Wild Cat'

Common Name: Giant catmint
Genus: Nepeta
Species: grandiflora
Cultivar: 'Wild Cat'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: June to August

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

A striking new catmint with small tubular deep purple-blue flowers held in clusters on upright stems from June to August and attractive aromatic sage-green foliage. This is a tall vigorous perennial that looks wonderful in the middle of a sunny border alongside other blue or silver-leaved plants. 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 of course to cats who will go mad for it. To prevent them from completely flattening it insert several twiggy sticks into the centre of the plant.

  • Garden care: Cut back after flowering has finished to keep the plant compact 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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