Common name: Catmint

Scientific name: Nepeta mussinii

Family: Lamiaceae

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

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