Common name: Catmint
Scientific name: Nepeta mussinii
Uses: Decorative, culinary, medicinal.Use for containers. It also can be used as a garden edging. Rub into meat to add flavor. Catmint is said to have some medicinal uses.
History: Also called catnip, Nepeta may come from the Roman town of Nepeti where catnip was first cultivated.
Description: Smaller more compact form. It produces masses of mildly fragrant lavender-blue flowers on six inch spikes. This species gets less attention from cats.
Plant type: Perennial
Hardiness: Hardiness zone 3-4.
Height: 18-36 inches
Width: typically less than 3 feet
Soil: well drained soil with a pH of 6.6
Disease: Powdery mildew.
Cultivation: Thin or transplant to 12 inches apart. Cut back in autumn. It has been suggested that starting from seed helps to limit the damage done by cats.
Companion planting: Plant near vegetables to deter flea beetles, Japanese beetles and aphids.
Propagation: Seed, division, cuttings.
Flowering period: Summer