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Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’
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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.

Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’ full sun

Big, bright blue-violet tubular blooms with an extended white freckled lower lip and smoky purple calyxes bedeck showy 6 in. floral spires. Inheriting the vigor of its yunnanensis parent, yet maintaining a neat compact habit, branched upright stems emerge from underground stolons and sprout attractive notched grayish green leaves.

Barely fazed by heat, humidity and sporadic dry periods, ‘Blue Dragon’s long blooming flowers make a spectacular addition to a summer bouquet. (PPAF)

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’ (P-1579)
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