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Nepeta x faassenii

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (24265)

Plant details

This attractive perennial looks wonderful when covered in flower from early summer. The pale, lavender-blue flowers perfectly complement the hairy, scalloped and wrinkled, silvery, blue-green leaves. From afar the flowers appear as a haze of blue. Nepeta has a rather lax form and will spread itself to cover its allotted space. Plant it at the front of the border, edging a path, so that when you brush past it you will catch the full scent from its aromatic leaves. Cats love Nepeta and tend to roll around on it, flattening the plant even more. Divide it in spring or in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Nepeta

Species: x faassenii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April


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jacquie_garwood

can you tell me when is the best time to take a lavender cutting


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