Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Medium Blue
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Aromatic Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
On May 6, 2013, ValerieLynn from Joplin, MO wrote:
Just need one plant and seedlings will provide countless offspring, which can be welcome or unwelcome. (Seek out sterile cultivar Nepeta faasenni if you only want one!) They are very easy to transplant and are well-adapted to dry, heavy soils (mine!), Since they bloom early, they are there for many pollinators, as well as returning hummingbirds. Not bothered by rabbits, deer, or my cats:)
On Jun 4, 2005, kzwaagstra from Decatur, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I grew my original plants from seed 4 years ago and they continue to thrive in pots and in my herb garden. I keep one pot specifically for my 5 cats who love to lie in it. The plant somehow manages to limp along despite the insult. I grow the rest around my blueberry bushes - the contrast in blue color and the differing texture adds "art" to my herb garden.
Sowed catmint seeds directly into the soil around several newly planted hybrid tea roses last year. This year it was the first thing to come up and bloom profusely after a very cold winter and spring. It is a delightful companion to hybrid tea roses, particularly yellow or yellow/apricot bicolor roses.
On Aug 6, 2004, spklatt from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've had a hard time keeping these going in my perennial gardens, as the neighbourhood cats have really taken a shine to them.
If this is not a problem in your area (or your cats have different tastes!), this is definitely a nice plant to have. It's fragrant and, if shorn almost to the ground after the first blooming period, it will come back very nicely for another go-around.
On Nov 2, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is not to be confused with fluffy's catnip! Though some kitties may take a liking to it, this is a much more desirable perennial. It forms a low growing mound of fragrant foliage with sprays of lavender-blue flowers. It's very easy to grow and tolerant of poor soils and a wide variety of growing conditions. The foliage is used in teas and potpourri. After flowering give it a good hair cut and it'll bloom a second time. A nice plant for the herb garden or the front of the border.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Washington D.c., Underwood-petersville, Alabama Clayton, California Fairfield, California San Francisco, California Coventry, Connecticut Decatur, Georgia Spring Grove, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Marlborough, Massachusetts Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Grass Lake, Michigan Macomb, Michigan Joplin, Missouri Chilili, New Mexico , New York Winston-salem, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Medora, North Dakota Edmond, Oklahoma Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania Roscoe, Pennsylvania North Sultan, Washington Westover, West Virginia Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin