Little Trudy® Catmint
Little Trudy® Catmint
Nepeta x 'Psfike' Plant Patent #18,904Item #8258 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
A superb compact selection with a low, spreading habit and finely textured, aromatic, grayish-green foliage. Numerous purple-violet flowers attract butterflies and bees over a long bloom season. This exceptional garden performer is useful as an edging or groundcover, in mixed borders and herb gardens.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:NEP-eh-tuhDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Grows to 8 to 10 in. tall and 12 to 16 in. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Spring through fall.Flower color:PurplePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasFinely textured foliage can soften the effects of bolder foliage plants such as hostas, and the grayish-green color of the leaves can tone down the deep greens of plumbago or vinca. Plant close to a sidewalk or patio for maximum enjoyment of the aromatic foliage. This low-grower is ideal at the front of a border; its spreading habit makes it useful as a non-invasive groundcover. As an edging plant, its gentle creeping habit can be used to soften the harsh lines of a sidewalk or driveway.Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Bee Balm (Monarda); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Salvia (Salvia)
- CareCare InformationProvide well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Water can be reduced after establishment. Prune spent flowers to prolong blooming. To keep tidy, cut back before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established only requires occasional water; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This hybrid originated from an open-pollination cross between an individual plant of Nepeta amethystina var. laciniata and an unknown individual plant of Nepeta sp. growing in Denver, Colorado. Seed was collected from the specimen of Nepeta amethystina var. laciniata, from which this Nepeta hybrid was selected. In April 204, this selection was reproduced by cuttings in a controlled environment in Brighton, Colo. Patented as a unique cultivar in June 2008, 'Psfike' has more densly arrange foliage, a more compact plant habit and a longer blooming period than individual plants of Nepeta x faassenii.Lore:The aroma of Nepeta is irresistible to cats, often found curled up and napping beside or on top of this plant. This selection is a 2008 Plant Select® winner. Plant Select® is a collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Bonanic Gardens, and the green industry, helping gardeners and horticultural professionals transform the American landscape to a vibrancy inspired by the western regional landscape.