UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Nepeta x faassenii

NEP-eh-tah ex. fah-SEEN-ee-eye
Common Name
Plant Type
Mature Size
1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 - 2 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
Flower Color
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Catmint is a reliable and easy edging plant for low water perennial borders. It has lovely soft gray leaves and lavender-blue flowers in the spring. 

After the first set of blooms finishes, catmint should be cut back several inches to keep it from getting leggy and encourage another set of blooms. This is a fun job because the leaves have a wonderful smell. Be aware that some cats also love the smell of the plant and will roll their bodies in the plant and flatten it.

PADG Notes: Catmint was one of the earliest plants in the Demonstration Garden providing much needed color the first summer. It is used extensively to visually tie the beds together.




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