Catmint

Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Catmint - Nepeta  'Six Hills Giant'

Common Name: Catmint
Genus: Nepeta
Cultivar: 'Six Hills Giant'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June & July

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

  • A vigorous catmint with small tubular lavender-blue flowers held in clusters of upright stems from June to July and attractive aromatic light grey-green foliage. This tall perennial will form a dense mound 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 as the name suggests cats love the foliage. 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. 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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