- Type: Perennial Herb
- Zone: 4 – 8
- Height: 9 – 12 Inches
- Spread: 12 – 18 Inches
- Bloom Time: May – September
- Bloom Description: Pale Lilac – Deep Violet
- Sun: Full Sun – Part Shade
- Water: Dry – Medium
- Maintenance: Low
- Suggested Use: Naturalize
- Flower: Showy
- Leaf: Fragrant
- Attracts: Butterflies
- Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Air Pollution
Catmint is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in dry soils and is very tolerant of drought. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Shear catmint flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. May aggressively self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
Nepeta racemosa, synonymous with nepeta mussinii, commonly called catmint, is Native to the Caucusus and northern Iran. It is a low-growing perennial that typically forms a spreading clump of decumbent, ascending and upright stems to 12” tall and 18” wide. Features gray-green, hairy, ovate leaves (to 1” long) with crenate margins, prominent veining and heart-shaped bases. Leaves are highly aromatic when crushed or bruised. Pale lilac to deep violet two-lipped flowers (1/ 2” long) clustered in loose raceme-like verticillasters (false whorls) bloom in spring. Bloom may continue throughout summer into early fall under proper growing conditions and with proper shearing of spent flowers.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Rock gardens, border fronts, herb gardens or naturalized plantings. Also good plant for edging or small scale ground cover.