An aromatic herbaceous perennial native to the
Caucasus and Persia.
Small heart-shaped foliage, with deeply notched
margin and greyish-green in hue.
The flowers are tubular and small, borne in a
short raceme on stems up to one and a half feet
and of a light lavender-blue shade.
The common catmint of gardens is Nepeta x faasseni,
a hybrid derived from Nepeta mussini and commonly
known as Nepeta mussini in gardens.
Other garden forms are Nepeta magnifica, like a giant
Nepeta mussini, with deeper coloured flowers and reaching
a height of two and a half feet or more, and Six
Hills, which is very similar.
Nepeta glichoma variegata is the Ground Ivy of America
and has a creeping habit.
Nepeta macrantha, two to three feet, is a silver-blue
flowering species from Siberia.
They will grow freely in any good garden soil,
preferring sun to shade. Planting may take place
in early autumn or spring.
Propagate by division of the root in spring or
by partly ripened tips taken as cuttings.
The flowering season is throughout the summer.