Description: Hardy, deciduous perennial herb Aromatic, silver- gray-green leaves with scalloped edges; bears whorls of pale lavender-blue flower spikes from early summer to early autumn
Habit: Grows up to 18 inches high and wide
Culture: Prefers well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 8
Attributes: Attracts butterflies and bees, Fragrant foliage, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant
This is a garden selection of the southern European "small cat-mint" that has been cultivated since the mid-18th century. The Latin name derives from Nepet, a town in Tuscany. John Parkinsons herbal (1629) described three sorts of "nep, a greater and two lesser," and Bernard McMahon also referred to catmint as nep. Like its white-flowered cousin catnip (Nepeta cataria), this species is highly aromatic and attractive to felines. It thrives in light, sandy soils and is very showy as an edging plant or trailing over rock work. Trim back any sprawling, unwanted growth after flowering, and remove faded flowers to extend the blooming period.