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Nepeta (nep-et-ah), catnip; Lamiaceae Family. Nepetas are one of the easiest perennials to grow, as long as they are not given too much care and attention. They thrive on neglect. Too much water and/or fertilizer will engender thin floppy growth and a disappointing display. However place them in well drained, even poor soil, in full sun and these plants will reward with a magnificent display of flowers and fragrance.

Plant in average, well-drained soil. Shearing the plant back in the springtime will promote more compact growth. In addition, cutting plants back by half after their first bloom tends to stimulate a second bloom cycle.

Drought tolerant, once established in well drained, average soil. Attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, but not deer or rabbits. Growth rate is considered moderate in northern zones and rapid for the south. One of the easiest perennials to grow as long as they are not given too much care and attention. They thrive on neglect. Plants are sterile, so propagate in the spring by division, or cuttings in summer.

This is part of the mint family, so its foliage is fragrant, which deters deer and rabbits. It may, however, attract cats (they might rub against it and smell it).

10 times more effective than DEET, a common bug repellent chemical.

Attributes: flower borders, containers, cut flowers and foliage, drought tolerant, fragrant mass plantings and easy to grow. Attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant.

  • Pennisetum 'Lemon Squeeze'
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    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection Common Name: Fountain GrassA brilliantly colored ornamental grass that's perfect for contrast in your sun garden. 'Lemon Squeeze' behaves like other Fountain...

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  • Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect'
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    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: CatmintA new must-have for landscapers! 'Picture Purrfect' has a similar compact height to 'Kitten Around' but has a much broader habit and blooms about two weeks earlier, depending on...

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  • Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas'
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    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: CatmintA purr-fect Catmint for fans of 'Cat's Meow' who love the look but want a smaller scale version. In addition to being a little over half the height, 'Cats Pajamas' also blooms about...

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  • Nepeta f. 'Kitten Around' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Kitten Around' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Kitten Around' PPAF (25) BR Plants Even more compact and petite than its predecessor, this plant forms a tight, round mound of aromatic foliage. Bright rosy purple calyxes hold periwinkle blue flowers. The perfect size for containers, edging...

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  • Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' (3.5 inch pot)

    Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' (3.5 inch pot)

    Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' Common Name: Catmint and CatnipZones 3 to 8.Full sun. Plants reach 12 to 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming perennial. Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a...

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  • Nepeta faassenii WALKER'S LOW

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (3.5 inch pot)

    WALKER'S LOW Nepeta faassenii a/k/a Catmint and Catnip Zones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

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  • Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low'

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' a/k/a Catmint and CatnipZones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

    $159.40
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  • Nepeta f. 'Purrsian Blue'

    Nepeta f. 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788 (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788 (25) BR Plants Improved tidy habit like 'Cat’s Meow', but a bit smaller and more compact Highly floriferous; periwinkle blue flowers with dark purple calyxes for many months beginning early summer Aromatic, green...

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  • Nepeta faassenii 'Cat's Meow' PPAF

    Nepeta f. 'Cat's Meow' PP24472 (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Cat's Meow' PP24472 (25) BR Plants Unlike most wild looking Nepetas, 'Cat's Meow' naturally keeps its tidy, densely rounded shape all season Spikes of sky blue flowers with purple calyxes appear for months from early summer into early fall ...

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