Catmint (Nepeta)

Catmint Plant Features

If you want to enjoy a steady supply of blue flowers in your garden you can't go wrong with catmint. This amazing plant pops into bloom in the early spring and stays blooming on and off throughout most of the summer (it helps to shear back each wave of flowers after they fade). Both the flowers and foliage of catmint are fragrant especially when the plant is rubbed or brushed. Plant catmint along the edge of a path where you can enjoy the minty perfume every time you walk by. The nectar-rich blooms are enjoyed by hummingbirds and butterflies, too! Catmint is resistant to rabbit and deer damage. Hardy from zones 4-9.

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Catmint Growing Instructions

Catmint is a super easy perennial. Plant it in full sun and well drained soil and stand back. The plant will virtually take care of itself. For best growth, water whenever the soil feels dries and sprinkle some slow release granular fertilizer around the plant in the early spring. Clip away faded flowers to promote additional flushes of bloom. Catmint can become a bit invasive so plant it where you can control its spread.

Catmint is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors




  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts hummingbirds

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Fragrant flowers/foliage

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Catmint

Lily, Asiatic
The bright flowers of Asiatic lily are a great complement to Catmint.

The gray foliage of Artemisia and the blue flowers of Catmint look great together.

Rose, Knock Out
Knock Out Rose and Catmint are an amazing combination.

Our favorite varieties

Blue Moon Catmint

Blue Moon Catmint

Nepeta nervosa 'Blue Moon'

Blue Moon flowers all summer long and into autumn, too, producing wave after wave of soft lavender-blue flowers. It holds up to heat and drought and resists deer and rabbits and grows on 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-8

Walker's Low Catmint

Walker's Low Catmint

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Walker's Low is a popular variety that blooms from late spring to autumn, with lavender-blue flowers over gray-green foliage. It grows 30 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 4-8

Little Trudy Catmint

Little Trudy Catmint

Nepeta Little Trudy ('Psfike')

As you might guess from its name, Little Trudy is a dwarf variety. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Like other catmints, it blooms all summer and holds up to heat and drought. Zones 4-9

Pink Cat Catmint

Pink Cat Catmint

Nepeta nervosa 'Pink Cat'

Easy-to-grow, this sun-loving perennial flower shows off bright pink blooms throughout the summer. It grows 12 inches and wide. Zones 5-9

Pink Dreams Catmint

Pink Dreams Catmint

Nepeta subsessilis 'Pink Dreams'

Pink Dreams catmint offers pinkish flowers throughout the summer if faded blooms are removed. It grows 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Zones 4-9