Catmint - Nepeta faassenii
The Nepeta faassenii, also called catmint, is a beautiful and long flowering perennial. This perennial plant owes its name to the fact that cats love it. They love to lie in the plant and bite the branches. The leaves of the Nepeta are slightly hairy, greenish-grey and have a lace on the edges.
What are catnip plants suitable for?
From June onwards, Nepeta faassenii flowers with many small, lilac-blue flowers that protrude from long stems above the leaves. This flowering garden plant blooms well into September, which makes it very interesting for a cosy cottage garden, for example. Both the leaves and the flowers are highly fragrant and spread a lovely and pleasant scent. Bees and butterflies also know where to find the garden when catmint is in bloom. This garden plant can easily be combined with roses, but is also suitable for planting in an area bordered by small hedge plants. Catmint is a perennial plant that likes to be in full sun.
Catmint is a perennial plant that likes to be in full sun.
Nepeta Faassenii in the garden
Cut the flowers after the flowering period, this ensures a second flowering in the same year and keeps the plant in good condition. Nepeta faassenii is a low-maintenance plant that makes few demands on soil and location, and can even withstand drought. A normal garden soil and a sunny spot are sufficient. With proper care, the perennial can reach a height of 30 - 40cm.
For one square metre you will need about 12 plants, for a running metre about 5 - 7.
The plants are grown in pots, so you can use catnip all year round