Nepeta x faassenii 'Select Blue'

Latin Name: Nepeta x faassenii 'Select Blue'
Common Name: Select Blue Catmint, Catnip
Mature Height (ft): 12-18"
Mature Width: 18-30"

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Low mounding and spreading.
Mulch: Organic or inorganic.

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This is not one of the invasive catmints, but it will reseed some and is not as attractive to cats as most catmints. A low growing, sprawling, drought tolerant perennial that projects a hazy blue appearance with its light lavender blue flowers and grayish green foliage. It is aromatic, not necessarily fragrant. A fast spreader and prolific bloomer even in it's first year, it will begin to bloom after six weeks.

'Walker's Low' is another catmint that is drought tolerant. N. x  faassenii 'Select Blue' and 'Walkers Low' should be one of the staples of any xeric garden. There are many species of catmint for medium and high water use areas. These generally grow taller.

Use in Garden

Sunny drought tolerant, low to no water-use bed. At the front of a bed or border.


Cut back the dried foliage at the end of February to expose the green basal growth. If this blue catmint becomes too sprawling in summer, trim back by a third at the end of June.