Botanical Name: Nepeta x faassenii
Common Name: Catmint  
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Blue, Lavender


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Susan Frommer/Hunter
  • Description

  • Notes

Catmint makes soft, grey-green, rounded mounds from 10 to 24 inches high, depending on variety. Most will be wider than tall. This perennial has lavender blue flowers from late spring to early summer, though if you shear off the first flowers, it will frequently bloom again later in the summer. Different varieties have slightly different bloom times. Leaves are attractive, crinkled blue-grey and are aromatic.
Best grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Thrives in dry soils in full sun, and is very drought tolerant. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. Divide every few years if the center starts to thin. Cut back hard, a few inches above the crown, in late winter to early spring, before new growth emerges.