- botanical name: Nepeta mussinii
- perennial zones 4-8
- height 18-24″
- spacing 12″ apart
- spread 24-36″
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- average soil
- flower color lavender/blue
- uses in garden: great in containers, cut & dried flowers, drought tolerant, fragrant
- use in teas and potpourri, cat toys
- attracts butterflies
- deer and mouse resistant
Catmint is a near relative of catnip. Though it is not quite as powerful for cats, they still like it. Catmint is more ornamental, with light bluish flowers and grayish-green leaves. Its strong tolerance of heat and drought make it especially good for rock gardens. Easy to grow, Catmint requires little care. Cut back for more blooming, and to prevent it from taking over the garden.
All mints are a deterrent to mice, so bits of mint leaves sprinkled around the kitchen or in bedrooms will make the pests less inclined to burrow into bedding or stored food.
Having a hard time deciding which variety is right for you? View a summary of all the Mint varieties together.
Catmint plants are also available. Purchase them here.
Indoors – recommended planting method – start 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring. 7-14 days for germination. Press the seeds into the soil mix and cover lightly. For fuller, bushier plants, pinch back the growing tips of the seedlings when they are 2-3″ tall. Transplant outside in mid-spring 12″ apart, or grow in a pot.
Harvest – foliage may be cut as needed throughout the season. Dry the leaves and use in tea or potpourri. If plants are deadheaded they will bloom sporadically through fall.