Nepeta racemosa BLUE WONDER Catmint Live Perennial Plant Attract Butterflies Hummingbirds Blue Flowers Summer to Fall Bloom Mint Relative
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Botanical Name: Nepeta racemosa 'Blue Wonder'
Common Name: Catmint
Bloom Time: April to September
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches
Plant size: 2.5" pot
Requirements: Full sun. Average, well drained soil.
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies and beneficial insects
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in dry soils and is very tolerant of drought. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as the St. Louis area. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. May agressively self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
'Blue wonder' must be propagated by division because seeds are sterile.
Nepeta racemosa, commonly called catmint, is Native to the Caucusus and northern Iran. It is a low-growing perennial that typically forms a spreading clump of decumbent, ascending and upright stems to 12” tall and 18” wide. Features gray-green, hairy, ovate leaves (to 1” long) with crenate margins, prominent veining and heart-shaped bases. Leaves are highly aromatic when crushed or bruised. Pale lilac to deep violet two-lipped flowers (1/ 2” long) clustered in loose raceme-like verticillasters (false whorls) bloom in spring. Bloom may continue throughout summer into early fall under proper growing conditions and with proper shearing of spent flowers. Although Nepeta cataria is the true catnip which drives house cats ecstatic, the leaves of this species are also attractive, albeit somewhat less enticing, to cats. N. mussinii Spreng. (plant named by Curt Polykarp Joachim Sprengel, 1766-1833. German professor of medicine and botany) is synonymous with N. racemosa, but N. mussinii hort. (plants sold in the horticulture trade) is synonymous with N. x faassenii.
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 means with flowers in racemes.
'Blue Wonder' is a dwarf, mounding, bushy perennial growing 12 to 18" tall. Features small, abundant, two-lipped, trumpet-shaped, dark blue flowers in loose, interrupted racemes to 6". This plant is sometimes listed and sold by nurseries as Nepeta x mussinii 'Blue Wonder.'
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, herb gardens or naturalized plantings. Also good plant for edging or small scale ground cover.