Nepeta × faassenii

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Nepeta × faassenii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Nepeta
Species: N. × faassenii
Binomial name
Nepeta × faassenii
Bergmans
Nepeta × faassenii 'Kit Kat' catmint
A domestic cat sleeping in a catmint plant

Nepeta × faassenii, a flowering plant also known as garden catmint and Faassen's catnip, is a primary hybrid of garden origin. The parent species are Nepeta racemosa and Nepeta nepetella.

It is an herbaceous perennial, with oval, opposite, intricately-veined, gray—green leaves, on square stems. The foliage is fragrant. It grows from 1–2 feet (30–61 cm) tall by 1–3 feet (30–91 cm) wide.[1]

The plant produces small but showy, abundant, two-lipped, trumpet-shaped, soft lavender flowers, from spring through autumn. Continued blooming is encouraged by deadheading spent flowers.[1] The seeds are predominantly sterile, and so the plant will not reseed as an invasive species, unlike some other nepeta species.[2]

Cultivation[edit]

Nepeta × faassenii is cultivated for its attractive aromatic foliage and masses of blue flowers,[3] as groundcover, border edging, or in pots or rock gardens. It is drought tolerant, and can be deer resistant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

Cultivars

Numerous cultivars are available in the trade.

  • 'Walker's Low' — silver grey foliage, lavender blue flowers, 2–2.5 feet (61–76 cm) tall by 2.5–3 feet (76–91 cm) wide, 2007 "Perennial of the Year" (by Perennial Plant Association).[5][6][7]
  • 'Jr. Walker' TM — PP 23,074,[8] compact induced mutant of Walker low, small silver grey foliage, small lavender blue flowers, 1 foot (0.30 m) tall by 2.5–3 feet (76–91 cm) wide, 2013 "Top Performer" (by Colorado State University Perennial Trial Garden).[9] Bred by NovaFlora LLC, introduced by Star Roses & Plants [10]
  • 'Blue Wonder' — blue flowers, "Missouri Botanical Garden Plant of Merit".[2]
  • 'Select Blue' — noticeably bluer flowers, 15–18 inches (38–46 cm) wide.[2]
  • 'Six Hills Giant' — periwinkle blue flowers, 2–3 feet (61–91 cm) tall.[11]

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