at Digging Dog
photo: Kurt Stueber
Sometime around May a certain fragrance tells us that it’s time for sunny days and warm weather. It’s
Nepeta! Catmint, as it is commonly called, is a free bloomer whose billowy mounds of lavender, pink or white flowers are as opulent as its aromatic foliage.
Supposedly, this herb renders timid people fierce, and the botanist Tournefort tells of a hangman who couldn’t cut the mustard “til he chewed a little catmint root.” Have some Loosestrife around in case things get out of hand.
Cut back in July for an encore in the fall.
Despite its name, this outstanding Kashmiri native will give you nothing to be nervous about. With an upright and bushy stance, Nepeta nervosa features handsome, dark green foliage that’s veined and somewhat linear in shape, accompanied by large, dense clusters of dark blue flowers. Plant at the base of Buddleia crispa, and enjoy the strikingly classic contrast of blue and silver.
Size: 12"–18" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Nepeta nervosa (P-0413)
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10:00am to 4:00pm, June 8th at Digging Dog
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