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Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'

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

Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a plethora of periwinkle blue flowers in early thru midsummer. Although the stems are 2-3 feet long, the plant's arching habit brings the height down to 18 to 24 inches if it is not staked. Though 'Six Hills Giant' is twice as large as the species, it is still used for the same landscape purposes and is best propagated by division.

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

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  2-3 Feet
Spread:
  15-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
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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
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?:
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
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 'Crazy Daisy'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda 'Petite Delight' PP10784
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Penstemon 'Elfin Pink'
Common Name: Beardtongue
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sidalcea 'Little Princess' PP12629
Common Name: Prairie Mallow
5,6,7
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Achillea 'Moonshine'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Common Name: Mallow-Hollyhock
4,5,6,7,8
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Dianthus FRUIT PUNCH® 'Apple Slice' PP21842
Common Name: Pinks
4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.