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Catmint

(Nepeta mussinii)
This aromatic, flowering landscape herb grows in mounds of soft gray-green leaves covered with a haze of shimmering l...
(Nepeta mussinii)
This aromatic, flowering landscape herb grows in mounds of soft gray-green leaves covered with a haze of shimmering lavender-blue flowers. Easy to grow catmint makes a beautiful spreading ground cover that blooms for weeks on end. Plant it under roses, in an herb garden, at the front of perennials or to cover bare corners of the garden with a soft wave of color. Many house cats adore its fragrance as much as its less attractive relative, catnip.
Seed Count: Approx. 450 / Weight: 0.35 gms
$ 1.40 $ 2.79$

BEST TO START EARLY INDOORS

In spring, 6 weeks before last expected frost, sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Cover lightly, keep warm and moist, and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant out. Feed every 2 weeks with half-strength fertilizer. Once seedlings are well-established, transplant 2 to 3 inches apart into deeper containers so root systems have room to develop. When 3 to 4 inches tall, acclimate to outdoor conditions and plant in full sun 12 inches apart.

 

TO START OUTDOORS

Plant in full sun in ordinary garden soil in spring when weather is settled and night temperatures are in the '50s. Sow seeds in well-worked soil 1/4 inch deep and 4 inches apart. Keep evenly moist while waiting for seedlings to emerge. Thin seedlings 12 inches apart.

 

GROWING NOTES

Catmint grows into rounded 12 to 18 inch mounds that spread as wide as plants are tall. Once first flush of flowers ends, cut back to about 6 inches and plants will quickly come back into bloom. Many cats enjoy frolicking around Catmint's pungent branches and plants are sturdy enough to handle their affectionate advances. Plant drifts of this pretty herbal ground cover in any sunny spot.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

May– June
March– May
Full sun
1 inch apart
1/4 inch deep
10 – 15 days
12 – 18 inches

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

May– June
March– May
Full sun
1 inch apart
1/4 inch deep
10 – 15 days
12 – 18 inches

Cold Winters

May– June

Mild Winters

March– May

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Sow Seeds

1 inch apart
1/4 inch deep

Days To Germinate

10 – 15 days

Mature Height

12 – 18 inches

Photos From Our Trial Garden

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