What’s Blooming 6/29/2015

Nepeta x faassenii

Catmint

With its gorgeous, long lasting blooms, lovely scent, and pollinator attracting power, Nepeta x faassenii is one of the great hybrid successes of the horticulture world.

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Nepeta x faassenii is a cross between Nepeta racemosa and Nepeta nepetella. It was cultivated for its aromatic leaves and long blooming flowers at Faassen Nurseries in Tegelen, Belgium. Since then, it has become a favorite of gardeners and pollinators alike. However, this catmint could very well be renamed Beemint, for it is pollinators that you will find covering it rather than felines. An early summer bloomer, bees flock to catmint’s prolific flowers. Gardener’s enjoy this plant as well for its scent. As a member of the mint family, Nepeta faassenii has a faint minty aroma, and attractive gray-green leaves arranged oppositely on a square stem. Like other members of the mint family, it is incredibly hardy, preferring lean soil and needing little water. To enjoy this plant all season long make sure to trim it back after its initial flowering to encourage reblooming. Whether planted in your pollinator garden, herb garden, or xeric garden, this plant will thrive and b

ring bees and gardeners much delight. Come see it at the Idaho Botanical Garden in the Water Conservation Landscape along Old Penitentiary Road, beside the Pollinator Pathway, and throughout the garden!

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