Compact Catmint

30 Jun

Compact Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Kit Kat’), semi-evergreen to deciduous, low mounding growth habit, 12-15 in. in height with equal or greater spread, short spikes of deep lavender-blue to dark purple-blue flowers late spring to fall, more floriferous than other Nepetas, very aromatic gray-green foliage, full sun, regular water, attracts cats.

Vigorous, spreading members of the mint family with aromatic foliage. With the exception of catnip(Nepeta cataria), these plants are valuable for their spikes of two-lipped blue or blue-violet (or sometimes pink, white, or yellow) flowers. As soon as blossoms fade, shear plants back by half or cut faded flower stems to the ground to encourage rebloom. (Most species seed freely and can become invasive if spent flowers are not removed.)

Plants make attractive, informal low hedges or edgings. In winter or early spring, cut out last year’s growth to make way for new stems. At that time, you can also divide clumps for increase, though it’s easy to start new plants from cuttings (take them before flower buds form). When buying named varieties, be sure to obtain cutting-grown plants; seedlings vary in flower color and habit.

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