Nepeta faassenii KIT KAT Catmint Live Perennial Plant Attract Butterflies Hummingbirds Blue Flowers Summer to Fall Aromatic Foliage Lavender
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Botanical Name: Nepeta faassenii 'Kit Kat'
Common Name: Catmint
Bloom Time: April to September
Plant Height: 10 to 15 inches
Plant size: 2.5" pot
Requirements: Full sun. Average, well drained soil.
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies and beneficial insects
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Prefers cool, moist soils. Plants are not as drought tolerant as many of the other Nepetas. In northern areas, site plants in full sun. In the deep South, site plants in areas with some light afternoon shade. Plants may be cut back before first flowering to promote more compact size. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom.
Nepeta x faassenii is a sterile hybrid (N. racemosa x N. nepetella) perennial catmint of horticultural origin (Dutch nursery of J. H. Faassen). It typically forms a spreading clump of decumbent, ascending and upright stems rising to 18-24” tall and spreading to as much as 36” wide. Gray-green leaves and lavender-blue flowers are highly aromatic.
Genus name comes from the Latin name for certain aromatic plants that included catmint. It may honor the city of Nepete (known as Nepi today) located north of Rome in Etruria which was the ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber Rivers and was recognized, prior to the rise of Rome, as the center of the Etruscan civilization.
Specific epithet is in reference to the Dutch nursery of J. H. Faassen.
‘Kit Cat’ (sometimes sold in commerce as ‘Kit Kat’) is a dwarf cultivar that grows in spreading mounds to only 15” tall. It features scalloped, ovate, gray-green leaves that are highly aromatic when crushed or bruised. Two-lipped blue flowers densely clustered in raceme-like whorled cymes bloom from May to September. Although Nepeta cataria is the true catnip loved by house cats, the leaves of this hybrid, although somewhat less enticing, are also attractive to cats.
Rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens or herb gardens. Also a good plant for edging or small scale ground cover. Good for dry areas. Containers.