Family: Lamiaceae Genus:Nepeta Botanical name: Nepeta x faassenii Common names: Catmint, Faassen's catnip Light: Full sun or partial shade Height and spread: 45cm x 45cm Flower: Blue/violet Soil: Well drained soil
This traditional blue flowering herb has aromatic leaves and flowers, the leaves can be used sparingly in tea and salad. Best grown in a pot to control its spread if space is at a premium. Cats love this stuff, so if you can't find your cat you know where to look! Although they may cause a bit of damage rolling around in it this herb is pretty tough once established. You may need to stand a few twigs around it to begin with. Also attractive to bees and butterflies. Trim after flowering to keep it neat and to encourage a second lot of flowers. Another herb with an Award of Garden Merit.