• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established only requires occasional water; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Grows to 8 to 10 in. tall and 12 to 16 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Drought Tolerant
    Blooms:
    Spring through fall.
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:NEP-eh-tuh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Grows to 8 to 10 in. tall and 12 to 16 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Spring through fall.
    Flower color:Purple
    Patent 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    <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: Low
    Once established only requires occasional water; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.

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