Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Catmint

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
  • Common name: Catmint
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Catmints add a lovely, soft, floppy, gentle touch to cottage gardens. Nepeta gigantea 'Six Hills Giant' has grey-green foliage, which is covered all summer in masses of short spikes of lavender-like flowers which attract lots of bees. Once established, the plant is fairly drought-tolerant. The foliage is very aromatic and, when crushed or bruised, releases a strong lemony scent, hence the popularity of the plant for edging paths. It's used as a caterpillar foodplant for the pretty mint moth, Pyrausta aurata. Light, well-drained soil is the key to success. After the first burst of flowers, shear over the growth to get a second crop of leaves and flowers. Other catmints are available in pale and darker blues.

Grow Nepeta gigantea 'Six Hills Giant' in well-drained soil in full sun. ift and divide congested clumps in spring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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