Garden catmint

Nepeta x faassenii | Also known as: Mirrinminttu, Faassen's catmint Nepeta mussinii | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A hybrid of nepeta racemosa and nepeta nepetella, nepeta x faassenii was created specifically with gardens in mind – which is why its common name is the garden catmint. The deciduous herbaceous perennial is compact, but retains the impressive, long floral spikes catmints are famous for. Its lance-shaped, deeply veined, grey-green leaves are serrated and grow abundantly along its rigid, square stems. In summer, its terminal spikes of deep blue, two-lipped blossoms emerge, providing a sea of colour right through to the end of autumn. Ideal for gravel beds, slopes and edging, the garden catmint thrives in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Pruning away the spent flowers prolongs the flowering season

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.45
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • For birds & bees
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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