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Nepeta x faassenii

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Nepeta racemosa
Phonetic Spelling
NEP-eh-tah BY fah-SEN-ee-eye
Description

This is a sterile hybrid perennial catmint which typically forms a spreading clump to 18-24” tall and spreading to as much as 36” wide. Gray-green leaves and lavender-blue flowers are highly aromatic. Space plants 1-1.5 ft. apart and shear after flowering to repeat bloom.

Plant in full sun to partial shade, especially in the south. It is drought tolerant once established. Grow along a path or near an entrance to enjoy the aroma. It can be planted in the perennial garden as it will not reseed. Your kitties will love you for it!

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Wonder'
    Shorter, dark blue-purple flowers
  • 'Junior Walker'
    1-1.5 ft tall, low and compact; lavender flowers
  • 'Novanepjun'
    Shorter than 'Walker's Low'
  • 'Select Blue'
    15-18 inch tall mounds; blue flowers
  • 'Six Hills Giant'
    Periwinkle blue flowers, 2-3 ft tall
  • 'Walker's Low' Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
    Deep lavender-blue flowers
'Blue Wonder', 'Junior Walker', 'Novanepjun', 'Select Blue', 'Six Hills Giant', 'Walker's Low'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#fragrant leaves#aromatic#herb garden#long-lasting flowers#sterile#groundcover#pollinator plant#dry soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Wonder'
    Shorter, dark blue-purple flowers
  • 'Junior Walker'
    1-1.5 ft tall, low and compact; lavender flowers
  • 'Novanepjun'
    Shorter than 'Walker's Low'
  • 'Select Blue'
    15-18 inch tall mounds; blue flowers
  • 'Six Hills Giant'
    Periwinkle blue flowers, 2-3 ft tall
  • 'Walker's Low' Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
    Deep lavender-blue flowers
'Blue Wonder', 'Junior Walker', 'Novanepjun', 'Select Blue', 'Six Hills Giant', 'Walker's Low'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#fragrant leaves#aromatic#herb garden#long-lasting flowers#sterile#groundcover#pollinator plant#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nepeta
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Distribution:
    Widely spread throughout US
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Trumpet
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    0.5-inch, 2 lipped violet-blue flowers on tall spikes in summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-2 inch oblong to oval gray-green leaves; rounded teeth; aromatic when crushed
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    Green square stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil