Nepeta

Catmint

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.

Found growing on shady, mountainous rocks or coastal cliffs in Japan, this species likes moist soil. Upright, clumping stems lined with serrated, lanceolate foliage provide a lush background for the fat, cylindrical spikes of long, trumpet-shaped clear pink flowers. Distinguished by eye catching dark burgundy floral bracts and larger, deep green leaves, ‘Sweet Dreams’ continues to bloom if deadheaded, and can be paired with Persicaria ‘Rosea’.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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