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Catnip/Catmint: Nepeta racemosa

Botanical name: Nepeta racemosa

Common name: dwarf catmint

also known as (nepeta mussinii, raceme catnip, katinminttu, dwarf catnip)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Catnip/Catmint: Nepeta racemosa
Catnip/Catmint: Nepeta racemosa
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 4a thru 10b

deer resistant, rabbit resistant, fall interest, butterfly attracting, bee attracting

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description for "Catnip/Catmint: Nepeta racemosa"

This aromatic, flowering landscape herb grows in mounds of soft gray-green leaves covered with a haze of shimmering lavender-blue flowers. Dwarf catmint is easy to grow, making a beautiful spreading ground cover that blooms for weeks on end. Plant it under rose, in an herb garden, at the front of perennials or to cover bare corners of the garden with a soft wave of color. Many house cats adore the fragrance of Nepeta racemosa as much as its less attractive relative, catnip. Dwarf catmint grows into rounded 12 to 18 inch mounds that spread as wide as plants are tall. Once first flush of flowers ends, cut back to about 6 inches and plants will quickly come back into bloom. Many cats enjoy frolicking around dwarf catmint's pungent branches and plants are sturdy enough to handle their affectionate advances. Plant drifts of this pretty herbal ground cover in any sunny spot. - edited by dtd pbcouchman

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