Nepeta × faassenii

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 1 Professionals
Common Name: nepeta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Bloom Description: Blue/violet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Fragrant
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution

Culture

Best grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Thrives in dry soils in full sun, and is very drought tolerant. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. Must be propagated by division because seeds are sterile.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This hybrid Nepeta (sometimes commonly called catmint) is a mounding, bushy perennial growing 1-2' tall. Features small, abundant, two-lipped, trumpet-shaped, soft lavender flowers arranged in loose, interrupted racemes (to 6") atop square, leafy stems with oval, intricately-veined, aromatic, gray-green foliage. Blooms in spring with almost continuous rebloom into fall under optimum growing conditions and proper shearing of spent flower spikes. Although Nepeta cataria is the true catnip which drives house cats ecstatic, the leaves of this hybrid catmint are also attractive, albeit less enticing, to cats.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Rock gardens, border fronts, herb gardens or naturalized plantings. Also a good edging plant or small-scale ground cover.