Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Catmint (Nepeta faassinii and hybrids) N. x faassenii, N. mussinii

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family

         

 

Bee feeding on  Catmint nectar
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Mature Catmint plant
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Mint Family (Labiatae/Lamiacea)

Other Common Names

Catmint, Faasen's catmint (N. faassinii), Blue catmint

Description

  • Attractive long lived perennial native to Europe
  • It grows to 12 to 36 inches high and wide, depending on cultivar
  • Tall spikes of purple flowers bloom from late spring through summer
  • Requires well drained garden soils
  • Performs well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8
  •  Full sun but can tolerate some shade in hotter climates

Note: Catmint should not to be confused with catnip, also in the Nepeta genus (Nepeta cataria). Catnip is not a showy landscape plant and can become weedy but it does attract a profusion of bees.  

Attracts

Bees
Butterflies
Moths
Hummingbirds


 


Additional Resources:

West

Colorado - Catmint

Southeast

Mississippi - Walker's Low catmint named perennial of year

Southwest

Texas - Catmint


 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.