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N. faassenii Growth habit.

The popular 'Six Hills Giant' will grow to 3 feet.

Flowers rise above foliage and last for weeks.

Flowers up close.

'Alba' growth habit.

'Alba' flowers.

'Alba' flowers.

'Six Hills Giant' flowers up close.

'Six Hills Giant' flower spikes.

Catmint
Nepeta faassenii

Labiatae/Lamiaceae

Gray-green upright stems with hairy, ovate, scalloped leaves about 1.5 inches long. Spikes of bilabiate lavender-purple flowers bloom continuously from early summer to early fall. Makes a good cut flower.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: rounded/mounded

Plant Use: In herbaceous borders, as a low hedge, or as edging in large flowerbeds.

Propagation:
division
stem cuttings
Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
lavender
Bloom Period:
late spring
early summer
mid-summer
late summer
Height: Minimum: 12 inches      Maximum: 36 inches

Width: Minimum: 12 inches     Maximum: 48 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: Cut back to half after flowering for a second round. Shade in northern climes will make N. faassenii flop over. If this happens, move it to a sunnier spot (it's not too fussy about being relocated). N. faassenii is sterile, so can only be propagated via division in spring or cuttings. Seed of N. mussinii is sometimes sold as N. faassenii. Catmint is related to catnip (N. cataria), but does not affect cats.


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