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Nepeta govaniana (Catmint)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Nepeta govaniana

Other names

Catmint

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. govaniana - N. govaniana is an herbaceous perennial with aromatic foliage and dainty, pale-yellow tubular flowers throughout summer.


Nepeta govaniana is: Deciduous

Fragrance

The leaves have a sweet aromatic fragrance when crushed.

Habit

Upright, Branching

Flower

Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers Leafhoppers

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back flowering to maintain a compact shape and to encourage second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Nepeta govaniana (Catmint) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. May require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Nepeta govaniana

Other names

Catmint

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. govaniana - N. govaniana is an herbaceous perennial with aromatic foliage and dainty, pale-yellow tubular flowers throughout summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

The leaves have a sweet aromatic fragrance when crushed.

Habit

Upright, Branching


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back flowering to maintain a compact shape and to encourage second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Nepeta govaniana (Catmint) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. May require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Nepeta govaniana (Catmint)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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