Nepeta, commonly known as catmint, is a hardy and versatile perennial that adds a splash of color and texture to any garden. The plant features gray-green leaves and produces spikes of lavender-blue flowers from early summer to fall. Nepeta is an excellent choice for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden. It grows best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Nepeta pairs well with other perennials like echinacea, salvia, and rudbeckia, which create a colorful and attractive cottage garden look. Alternatively, it can be used as a ground cover or planted in rock gardens for a low-maintenance and visually appealing option.
- Common Name(s):Catmint
- Hardiness:Fully hardy
- How big will I get? Nepeta racemosa can grow to a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m.
- Did You Know That:Nepetalactone is the chemical in Nepeta that attracts cats?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Nepeta racemosa prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Nepeta racemosa can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.
Nepeta racemosa should be trimmed once the plant has finished flowering in early Autumn. This will keep the plant nice and compact. Not totally necessary however you could end up with some woody growth with no flowers around the base of the plant if you neglect this.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Nepeta racemosa can have problems with slugs, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as powdery mildews. It is also known to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It is not considered to be toxic.