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Cat’s Pajamas Catmint

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A very showy catmint producing masses of indigo blue flowers from late spring to mid-summer; rosy purple calyxes extend color when blooms are spent; shear after flowering to promote re-blooming

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
20 inches
Genus:
Nepeta
Cultivar:
Cat's Pajamas
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
18 inches
Flower Color:
indigo
Flower Bicolor:
blue
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Cat's Pajamas Catmint has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented indigo flowers with blue overtones and purple calyces rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its small fragrant pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Cat's Pajamas Catmint is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Cat's Pajamas Catmint will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cat's Pajamas Catmint is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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