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Nepeta cataria

Catnip

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height1m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite, lavender
  • Leaf ColourSilvery grey

Description

Nepeta cataria (Catnip). This is a lovely perennial with downy grey-green foliage with pale lavender or white flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Catmint

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Border, edging, fragrance. Can be found on waste ground.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They need a well-drained soil in a sunny position. You can propagate by division or from cuttings taken during the late spring summer months or from seed.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in spring or by stem-tip or softwood cuttings in spring or summer, species only by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs may damage growth. In dry summers powdery mildew may cause problems.

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