Catmint: Nepeta x faassenii

Nepeta, a member of the Labiatae family, grows everywhere in the northern hemisphere. It is a bushy, clump-forming perennial with lavender-blue flowers arranged in whorls on long, dainty spikes.

Species: Nepeta faassenii Family: Labiatae Ima...

Species: Nepeta faassenii Family: Labiatae Image No. 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The silver-green leaves of N. x faassenii exude a distinctive aroma when crushed, but unlike the other species in the genus and in spite of its common name, it does not attract cats. It grows to 50 cm (20 in) high and spreads considerably. This is why it is an ideal border plant and is particularly suited for growing in large containers.

It grows best in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. It thrives in hot, dry conditions. However, it should be cut back after the first flowering in order to maintain its compact growth and also to encourage a second flowering. It is propagated from seed, cuttings or by division.

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Container Gardening, Hanging Baskets, Perennials, Rockery Garden | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Catmint: Nepeta x faassenii

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