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Nepeta racemosa ‘Blue Wonder’ (Catmint)

Catmint, Persian Catmint

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Catmint ‘Blue Wonder’ (Nepeta racemosa) is a lovely dwarf perennial noted for its continuous massive dark blue blooms, on short spikes atop aromatic, gray-green foliage, from late spring to early fall.

  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant that is also pest and disease free, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: in the front of the perennial border, in rock gardens, or in naturalistic plantings. It is also great for edging beds or paths and even as a ground cover!
  • Hardy, it typically grows in a bushy mound, 9-18 in. tall (22-45 cm) and wide 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm) in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils and thrives in full sun to part shade.
  • A dry soil lover, it is very drought tolerant.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant but irresistible to butterflies
  • Shear flower spikes after flowering to encourage new blooms. Seeds are sterile, therefore propagation should result from division.
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Catmint: How to Grow and Care with Success


Want to learn how to grow and care for catmint like a pro? Follow these simple steps and enjoy the beauty of this striking plant

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Nepeta
Common names Catmint
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Nepeta govaniana (Catmint)
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’ (Catmint)
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Bramdean’ (Catmint)
Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’André Chaudron’ (Catmint)
Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’ (Catmint)
Nepeta x faassenii Junior Walker (Catmint)

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Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ (Coneflower)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)
Allium ‘Globemaster’ (Ornamental Onion)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite)
Hemerocallis (Daylilies)
Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Nepeta
Common names Catmint
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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