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Nepeta cataria (Catmint)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Nepeta cataria

Other names

Catmint, Catnep

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. cataria - N. cataria is an herbaceous perennial with greyish-green, scalloped, triangular leaves that are mint scented. It is loved by both cats, for its aromatic leaves, and bees for its nectar. From mid-summer to mid-autumn, it bears hooded, white or lilac flowers.


Nepeta cataria is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has a minty scent, irrisistable to cats

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

White, Purple in Summer; Purple, White in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers Leafhoppers

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back flowering to maintain a compact shape and to encourage second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Nepeta cataria (Catmint) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Nepeta cataria

Other names

Catmint, Catnep

Genus

Nepeta Nepeta

Species

N. cataria - N. cataria is an herbaceous perennial with greyish-green, scalloped, triangular leaves that are mint scented. It is loved by both cats, for its aromatic leaves, and bees for its nectar. From mid-summer to mid-autumn, it bears hooded, white or lilac flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has a minty scent, irrisistable to cats

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

White, Purple in Summer; Purple, White in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back flowering to maintain a compact shape and to encourage second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Nepeta cataria (Catmint) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Nepeta cataria (Catmint)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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