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PlantFiles: Catmint
Nepeta nervosa 'Blue Carpet'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nepeta (NEP-eh-tuh) (Info)
Species: nervosa (ner-VO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Carpet

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral REBLOOMER On Feb 21, 2011, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have inherited the Catnip plant at my home I bought 5-years ago and can never seem to get rid of it. I will be growing Blue Carpet Catmint and Golden Jubilee Agastache this year and will be able to see the leaves on this to compare.

Positive treetop518 On Jul 6, 2010, treetop518 from Schenectady, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nepeta nervosa has severely 'crinkled' darkish, green-grey leaves which are 3-4 inches in length, upper leaves are sessile while the lower leaves have short petioles. (I believe the Latin name translates to nerves, which is a description of the extremely veined leave structure). An easy way to identify this plant is by crushing a leave, which gives off a distinct smell of cat-urine. Plants grow very well in the NE region and have a long bloom period which can be extended by cutting back spent flower stalks. An excellent border plant and seems to grow well in a variety of soil conditions.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Snellville, Georgia
Schenectady, New York
Pembina, North Dakota
Beaverton, Oregon
Austin, Texas

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