Nepeta racemosa, Cat Mint, Catmint, or Nepeta × faassenii is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is a herbaceous perennial native to Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. It can grow to 1ft or 30cm.
The name racemosa means flowering in racemes. Nepeta racemosa usually grows into a spreading clump. it produces upright stems. The foliage is grey-green and ovate. The leaves are hairy and have crenate margins. They are aromatic especially when they are crushed.
The flowers are light to deep purple in color. Nepeta racemosa flower in spring but sometimes continue into the summer and autumn. The leaves are very attractive to cats, similar to catnip.
How to grow Nepeta racemosa:
Grow Nepeta racemosa in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in dry to medium but well-drained soil. It does well in dry soils. Deadhead flowers prolong the blooming season. Propagate from seed, it also self-seeds. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for powdery mildew.