Nepeta 'Blue Wonder' is a lovely dwarf, mounding, bushy perennial growing 12-18" tall.
It features a
mass of two-lipped, trumpet-shaped, stunning and long blooming dark
flowers in loose, interrupted racemes (to 6") atop square, leafy stems with oval, intricately-veined,
General information about Nepeta (Catmint):
If you’re looking for a vibrantly
perennial that is
heat tolerant, resistant to pests and diseases, and easy to grow, then catmint (or Nepeta) is for you!
Catmint makes a stunning display when massed in flower gardens, in rock gardens, as
borders and edging,
and in containers.
A dazzling array of
flock to the
flowers, which make excellent cut flowers in floral designs.
Often used to cover the bare limbs of rose bushes, providing a pleasing counterpoint to the vivid tones of the roses.
Nepeta explodes with a profuse haze of blooms in late spring and continues with an almost continuous rebloom into fall under optimum growing conditions
proper shearing of spent flower spikes.
and thriving in seaside plantings, the minty, aromatic foliage repels
Catmint prefers average well-drained soil and in
sun (in northern zones, 6+ hours of sun is best); shade-grown plants are floppy and flower poorly.
Keep it well watered the first growing season until the plants become established.
Established plants thrive in full sun and exhibit exceptional of dry soils,
Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Catmints thrive best when divided every 3-4 years in early spring.
Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown, cut back old foliage in late winter rather than in the fall.
Prune back plants by one-third to one-half after the initial bloom to stimulate re-bloom.
Must be propagated by division, as seeds are sterile.
Don’t bother to
Catmint prefers well-drained soil that is not overly fertile.
In fact, soil that is too rich may cause the plant to flop over or split in the middle.
Should that happen, shear the plant back to tidy it up.
Some compost in fall or spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.
Nepeta racemosa and N. nepetella were first crossed by Dutch nurseryman, J. H. Faasen, in the 1930’s.
When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Many people confuse catmint with catnip (Nepeta cataria).
While the two are closely related, catnip is more aromatic than catmint but less ornamental.
Catmints are effective at repelling mosquitos!
06/12/2020 plants arrived in perfect condition not wilted and good size and the price is right
05/13/2020 These arrived well packed and in wonderful condition! This is my first time working with this plant and I’m really looking forward to getting them planted!
04/09/2020 Words can not express how incredibly happy I am with my plants!! I ordered 75 of these last spring from another company, when I got them they were brown I called them and they said it was normal that they would be fine, everyone of them was dead!!!!... Read full review >
04/02/2020 First time ordering from here. I ordered 25 catmint “blue wonder”. They arrived very quickly, packed extremely well. I planted them the day they arrived. It’s been almost a week and so far so good. I planted them on a bank next to stone... Read full review >
09/25/2019 Since living in the mid-south we have discovered, because of the poor soil and drought, some plants can't survive here. When we discovered the Catmint, we decided to give it a shot. The plants came when expected and in great condition. Planting... Read full review >