Characteristics: A hardy herbaceous perennial herb with aromatic grey-green leaves and stems of small white flowers tinged with purple.
Growth and Spread: Ultimate height of up to 0.7m and spread of up to 0.5m.
Period of Interest: Foliage interest from spring to autumn. Flowers throughout summer.
Care and Maintenance: Plant in moderately fertile, moist but well-draining soil. Choose a bright spot in full sun or partial shade and deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second bloom.
Catnip, or catmint, is an excellent plant for growing in borders and containers. Its grey-green, oval-shaped leaves have toothed edges and are highly aromatic with a sweet, minty smell. From June, tall stems appear boasting clusters of small white flowers with spots of light purple. These tiny blooms are irresistible to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Cats go wild for the scent of catnip, nibbling at the leaves, rubbing against the plant, and even rolling around in the foliage. If you dislike cats in the garden, this isn’t the plant for you. However, catnip is the ideal plant for patio and dining areas, as it deters nuisance insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
Catnip is a low maintenance herb that is incredibly easy to look after. Grown in a sunny spot in moist but well-draining soil, this herb will largely take care of itself. Cut back dead stems in late autumn or early winter and watch as the plant bursts back to life the following spring.
Please Note: When purchasing plants, please consider that each live item is unique and may therefore differ from the images shown, which are for illustration purposes only. The plant will be supplied in a growers pot. Depending on season, some plants may be pruned back to encourage growth and deciduous plants may arrive without leaves.
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