This cultivar is a clump-forming perennial with toothed gray-green leaves and larger flowers than the hybrid. It flowers profusely and long, especially if sheared. The blue-purple flowers are small but abundant, and the foliage is aromatic.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsProfuse, large blue flowers that attract bees and butterflies; aromatic foliage; long-blooming if sheared. May be attractive to cats.
CareWell-drained soil in full sun to part shade (especially in hot climates). Thrives in dry soils in full sun, and is very drought tolerant. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom.
PropagationDivide in spring or autumn. Softwood cuttings in early autumn.
ProblemsNothing serious, sometimes leaf spots.
- Genus : Nepeta
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage
- Light : Full Sun
- Uses : Ground Covers
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
Plant Characteristics are only available to Fine Gardening members
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to our complete plant guide as well as our entire collection of articles and videos.