3 years to reach maturity
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Nepeta × faassenii is also commonly known as catmint, garden catmint and Faassen's catmint. As the name suggests, cats are attracted to the plant and will often eat the leaves or roll in the foliage. Most of the plant is edible and can be used in soups or sauces or brewed into a tea. It is a perennial species with a clumping habit. Foliage is grey-green and oppositely arranged on square stems. Small, purple flowers are arranged in terminal whorls, the flowers measure around 12mm long and these are produced in summer and early autumn. This hybrid plant was bred from a cross between the species Nepeta racemosa and Nepeta nepetella. It has a bushy habit and is fully hardy, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
How to propagate Catmint
Divdie in spring or autumn.
Softwood cuttings are best taken in early summer.