Catmint

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Catmint

Nepeta cataria
Catnip
1

2 feet
2

3 feet
Asia and southern Europe; widely naturalized in North America.
  • Full Sun
  • Low
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Partial shade or sun. Nearly evergreen. There are many cultivars. Nepeta cataria is the classic catnip; Faasen’s catmint (Nepeta x fasseenii) is a Dutch hybrid that has bloomed all summer long, even in the Texas plains — making it a favorite for not only cats but butterflies as well.

Chemical attractants in the stems and leaves keep cats excited and (hopefully) too distracted to use the landscape as a potty.

Maintenance

None required. Can be cut back as needed in cold weather. May reseed into garden beds if watered.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
1-2' H, 2-3' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Thin
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Purple
Bloom Time:
May, June, July
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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