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Nepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Catmint
Common Name (Alternative): Catnip

Like ‘Cat’s Meow’, this selection shares an improved tidy habit, though it is a bit smaller and more compact in size overall.  In its first year, ‘Purrsian Blue’ forms a small, perfectly rounded, densely branched clump of tiny, green leaves.  In year two, the plant maintains its compact mounding habit but nearly doubles its spread to just over two feet across. 

This is a very floriferous selection whose flower power is amplified by its having its flowers spaced closely together on the stems.  Periwinkle blue flowers are coddled by dark purple calyxes just above the aromatic foliage from early summer into early fall. 

‘Purrisan Blue’ has everything today’s gardeners are looking for: a low maintenance, drought tolerant, deer resistant, long blooming perennial that looks great all season. 

When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.

Intro Year: 2013

Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  14-18 Inches
Spread:
  18-30 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Long blooming
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Nepetas are easy to grow perennials that provide a beautiful show of color all summer long. They prefer to be planted in full sun and ordinary, well-drained soil. Shearing the plant back in the springtime will promote more compact growth. In addition, cutting plants back by half after their first bloom tends to stimulate a second bloom cycle.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Leucanthemum superbum 'Snowcap'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas' PP17164 CPBR3454
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses' PP24458
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
4,5,6,7,8
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Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Sapphire'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' PP20013 COPF
Common Name: Beardtongue
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cobweb'
Common Name: Hen & Chicks
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.