at Digging Dog
Sometime around May a certain fragrance tells us that itís time for sunny days and warm weather. Itís
Nepeta! Catmint, as it is commonly called, is a free bloomer whose billowy mounds of lavender, pink or white flowers are as opulent as its aromatic foliage.
Supposedly, this herb renders timid people fierce, and the botanist Tournefort tells of a hangman who couldnít cut the mustard ďtil he chewed a little catmint root.Ē Make sure you have some Loosestrife around in case things get out of hand.
Cut back in July for an encore in the fall.
Bathed in restful hues, this seldom-offered Nepeta fashions a softly colored, large mound of good-sized, serrated, gray-green leaves and tall, branching spikes embellished with densely set lilac flowers. Blooming for months, ‘Longipes’ creates a pleasing pastel medley in the company of Papaver spicatum and Euphorbia myrsinites.
Blooms late May–July.
Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Nepeta ‘Longipes’ (P-0958)
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