Nepeta × faassenii

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Buy Nepeta × faassenii catmint: Loose drifts of lavender flowers. Great for edging

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A dwarf catmint with slender spikes of lavender-blue summer flowers and aromatic, sage-green leaves. This clump-forming perennial will form open drifts of hazy blue flowers for weeks over the summer months, and makes a lovely informal edging plant for paths and borders. When it's trodden underfoot the cascading foliage releases an intoxicating aroma. Fresh or dried, the leaves make a refreshing and therapeutic tea which is high in Vitamin C and has traditionally been used to treat such conditions as nervousness, insomnia, hyperactivity, colds and fevers. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, and of course, the foliage to cats, who will go mad for it. To prevent cats from flattening the plant, insert several twiggy sticks into the centre.

  • Garden care: Cut back after flowering has finished to keep the plant compact. Lift and divide large clumps in spring, replanting divided specimens with lots of well-rotted organic matter. If powdery mildew becomes a problem prune out the affected areas.

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Notes on Nepeta × faassenii

"Grey-green leaves topped by rambling spikes of pale-blue flowers - loose and informal for edges in full sun"

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Cats love it, really great in a pot


This really thrived in a broken old clay pot. Cats love it. Cut it back when it looks tired and you get new growth and flowers in August.




Our cats love this


Bought this for a random planter in the garden so our cats would have something nice. They absolutely love it! They'll go over to it and snuffle it (but won't eat it) or roll around next to it. Recommend putting some small bamboo canes or the like around it, just so it won't get demolished by over snuffling cats!




I would buy this product again.


Received a sound healthy plant which is now thriving in my garden.

Avid gardener



Pretty tough plant


This is my second nepeta fassenii plant from crocus ; the first one did so well in very large pot on my balcony I bought another. It lives with quite a bit of wind, sometimes low light levels and occasional water shortages, yet performs's a pretty tough customer.

Miss E



buy this plant


This plant was healthy on arrival and grew very quickly in a pot on my patio lots of flowers from spring right through to autumn, give it a trim to keep in good condition.

never give up



Great for edging a border


Bought 2018 and filled out beautifully to create a bee friendly border edge in only partially sunny area . Flowered well into the autumn tho looks straggly now in January.


South West




The plant arrived in very good health, and was planted near a variety of small hardy geraniums. Still looks great.

Manchester Mike





My favourite perennial. Happy in London clay even in semi shade. I grow it as a filler everywhere. Grows quickly and flowers for a long time. Extremely popular with bees and bumblebees.




Much better than expected


Plant arrived very quickly. Much bigger than expected and looked very healthy. Very pleased with it.





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Can you tell me which variety this is. I am looking good for Nepeta Faassenii Blue Wonder. Thanks


Hello there Nepeta × faassenii is a species created from crossing N. nepetella and N. racemosa. Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' is a cultivar of Nepeta × faassenii but sorry we don't sell this.

My nepeta x faassenii, planted early spring this year, tends to 'flop' after a few weeks of bloom. The flower spikes are still filled with nectar/pollen and the bees are hugging it like mad but the centre core looks slightly patchy because of the 'flop'. Is there anyway to prevent this such as using a plant support ring at the base? Or is this a sign to suggest the plant needs pruning back to encourage new flush of bloom?

Roy F

Hello, These usually need cutting back after the first flush of flowers as this keeps the plant looking bushy as well as encouraging a second flush of flowers. The other thing to keep in mind is that if there are cats nearby, they do tend to get squashed as cats love to roll all over them.


I want to plant this as an edging plant in a square border which will have a box ball at each corner, so this will go inbetween each box along straight edges x 4 of border. You do two sizes, 2 litre and 9 cm pot. What is the planting distance for each of the sizes and how different in size are the two sizes?

Jackie Gibbons

Hello there Both of these plants in a 2lt and 9cm pots are dormant now, so there won't be much showing above the soil. The 2lt pot will be an older plant so will have a bigger rootball than the 9cm pot. I would plant approx 25-30cm apart. Hope this helps.

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