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Nepeta x faassenii (Garden catmint)

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Nepeta x faassenii

Other names

Garden catmint, Mirrinminttu, Faassen's catmint, Nepeta mussinii, Nepeta pseudomussinii

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. x faassenii - N. × faassenii is a compact, clump- or mound-forming, deciduous perennial with ovate, hairy, aromatic, toothed, grey-green leaves and loose spikes of whorled, two-lipped, tubular, violet-blue flowers from early summer to early autumn.


Nepeta x faassenii is: Deciduous

Fragrance

The leaves have a sweet aromatic fragrance when crushed.

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-blue, Violet in Summer; Violet, Pale-blue in Autumn

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 x faassenii (Garden catmint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. May need support underneath to prevent stems flopping over.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

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 x faassenii

Other names

Garden catmint, Mirrinminttu, Faassen's catmint, Nepeta mussinii, Nepeta pseudomussinii

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. x faassenii - N. × faassenii is a compact, clump- or mound-forming, deciduous perennial with ovate, hairy, aromatic, toothed, grey-green leaves and loose spikes of whorled, two-lipped, tubular, violet-blue flowers from early summer to early autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

The leaves have a sweet aromatic fragrance when crushed.

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-blue, Violet in Summer; Violet, Pale-blue in Autumn

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 x faassenii (Garden catmint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. May need support underneath to prevent stems flopping over.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

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

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(05/08/2010)

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