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Nepeta cataria ‘Citriodora’

Lemon Catnip

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.2m to 1m
  • Spread0.45m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Nepeta cataria ‘Citriodora’ (Lemon Catnip). Nepeta comes from the town Nepete in Italy, where Catmint was cultivated. This cultivar has white flowers, which can be tinted purple, and sometimes have purple spots. The oval, toothed, grey-green foliage is said to be lemon scented.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous or Herb

Origin

Italy

Interest and use

Grown for flowers, which attract beneficial insects, as well as a life-enhancing herb for our pet cats! Aromatic leaves deter aphids.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They need a well-drained soil in a sunny position.

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

Leaf-hoppers, powdery mildew.

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