• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat; tolerates brief drought when established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 2 to 2½ ft. tall, spreading 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:NEP-eh-tuh fah-SEN-ee-eye
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 2 to 2½ ft. tall, spreading 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Flower color:Violet-blue
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasPlant in rock gardens, borders, herb gardens or naturalized plantings. Also makes a good edging plant or small-scale ground cover.
    Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained soil. Takes part shade in hot summer areas. As a groundcover, plant 2 to 3 ft. apart. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates periodic drought, once established. Shear spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly in extreme heat; tolerates brief drought when established.
  • History & Lore
    2007 Perennial Plant of the Year.
    Nepeta cataria is the true catnip which drives house cats ecstatic. Walker's Low Catmint, while not quite as enticing, is also attractive to cats.


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