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Interesting Facts

Catnip has a notable aroma, especially when bruised. It can cause about two-thirds of cats to experience a euphoric sensation. While it does not have a drug-like effect on humans, it can be used to add flavor to salads.

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Faassen's Catmint   Dropmore (Nepeta x faassenii)


Grow in a sunny border or walkway, or use as a groundcover. Very heat and drought tolerant.

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Plant Types: Herb, Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Full Sun
Height: 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet
Width: 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet
Zones: 3a to 8b
Bloom Color: Lavender, Purple
Bloom Seasons: Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall
Leaf Color: Blue, Green, Silvery
Special Features: Deer resistant, Fragrant foliage
Shape: Upright or erect
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Full sun or light shade. Divide clumps in spring or fall, or propagate by taking cuttings in summer. N. cataria can be grown from seeds.

Plant Growth:

Aromatic gray-green leaves, square stems. Most species are perennial, but a few are annuals. Leaves are ovate to lance shaped and have entire, toothed, or scalloped edges.


Showy spikes of small two-lipped flowers violet to white in color.

Soil and Irrigation:

Average, well-drained soil. Thrive in drier site than most common perennials. Damp soil leads to rot.