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Faasen's Catmint Nepeta x faassenii

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

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

Blue catmint is an herbaceous perennial, ground cover native to Europe and in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.  It rapidly forms a clump 18 to 24 inches tall and spreading as much as 36 inches wide that blooms from spring into summer. It is a sterile hybrid plant, the result of a cross between Nepeta racemosa and Nepeta nepetella. It was first cultivated by Faassen Nurseries in the Netherlands. 

Site this plant in full sun to partial shade, especially in the South. It tolerates a variety of soil textures so long as they are well draining. Once established, blue catmint is drought tolerant. Shear after flowering to encourage repeat bloom. Propagate by division. 

Gray-green leaves and lavender-blue flowers are highly aromatic. It came to be called catmint owing to having a strong scent that cats find attractive. However, the scent deters deer.  As a sterile plant it is unlikely to reseed.

Grow blue catmint along a path, patio, or near an entrance to enjoy the aroma. Use it in a border or mass planted in a cottage or edible garden, or in a garden for the blind. It is also suitable for growing in a container or crevices in a rock wall. 

Insects, Disease, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems. 

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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' habit, spring, Durham County, NC
    Deep lavender-blue flowers
'Blue Wonder', 'Junior Walker', 'Novanepjun', 'Select Blue', 'Six Hills Giant', 'Walker's Low'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennials#fragrant leaves#aromatic#apvg#cottage garden#mass planting#long-lasting flowers#herb garden culinary#sterile#groundcover#pollinator plant#edible leaves#border front#sensory garden#walkway planting#dry soils tolerant#apvg-p#landscape plant sleuths course
 
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' habit, spring, Durham County, NC
    Deep lavender-blue flowers
'Blue Wonder', 'Junior Walker', 'Novanepjun', 'Select Blue', 'Six Hills Giant', 'Walker's Low'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennials#fragrant leaves#aromatic#apvg#cottage garden#mass planting#long-lasting flowers#herb garden culinary#sterile#groundcover#pollinator plant#edible leaves#border front#sensory garden#walkway planting#dry soils tolerant#apvg-p#landscape plant sleuths course
  • 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