Nepeta × faassenii
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A dwarf catmint with slender spikes of lavender-blue summer flowers and aromatic, sage-green leaves. This clump-forming perennial will form open drifts of hazy blue flowers for weeks over the summer months, and makes a lovely informal edging plant for paths and borders. When it's trodden underfoot the cascading foliage releases an intoxicating aroma. Fresh or dried, the leaves make a refreshing and therapeutic tea which is high in Vitamin C and has traditionally been used to treat such conditions as nervousness, insomnia, hyperactivity, colds and fevers. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, and of course, the foliage to cats, who will go mad for it. To prevent cats from flattening the plant, insert several twiggy sticks into the centre.
- Garden care: Cut back after flowering has finished to keep the plant compact. Lift and divide large clumps in spring, replanting divided specimens with lots of well-rotted organic matter. If powdery mildew becomes a problem prune out the affected areas.
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Q:My nepeta x faassenii, planted early spring this year, tends to 'flop' after a few weeks of bloom. The flower spikes are still filled with nectar/pollen and the bees are hugging it like mad but the centre core looks slightly patchy because of the 'flop'. Is there anyway to prevent this such as using a plant support ring at the base? Or is this a sign to suggest the plant needs pruning back to encourage new flush of bloom?Asked on 26/6/2015 by Roy F from Kingston
These usually need cutting back after the first flush of flowers as this keeps the plant looking bushy as well as encouraging a second flush of flowers. The other thing to keep in mind is that if there are cats nearby, they do tend to get squashed as cats love to roll all over them.Answered on 1/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I want to plant this as an edging plant in a square border which will have a box ball at each corner, so this will go inbetween each box along straight edges x 4 of border. You do two sizes, 2 litre and 9 cm pot. What is the planting distance for each of the sizes and how different in size are the two sizes?Asked on 13/2/2015 by Jackie Gibbons from Tunbridge Wells
Both of these plants in a 2lt and 9cm pots are dormant now, so there won't be much showing above the soil. The 2lt pot will be an older plant so will have a bigger rootball than the 9cm pot. I would plant approx 25-30cm apart.
Hope this helps.Answered on 24/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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