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Siberian Catmint
Nepeta sibirica

Zone: zones 3 or 4 to 8, not frost tender.

Soil: Light (sandy) well-drained, slightly alkaline soil.

 

Evergreen: It dies back to the ground in winter and then comes back in spring. Drought hardy.

Propagation: usually from cuttings but the plants can also be divided. It also self sows.

Plant: in full sun/partial shade. Space 30" apart, grows to 4 ft. in height.

Flowers: The flowers are purplish-blue and grow in 10" spikes. They bloom in early to mid-spring with repeat blooms later in the season.

Smell: like cinnamon. It is a member of the mint family and is highly aromatic.

Habitat Considerations: this plant is highly scented and deer resistant. It is often planted under roses to hide the "knees" or used as edging. It also complements day lilies, dianthus, and yarrow. It is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.

Notes: the red stems and green leaves smell like cinnamon. The plant is not actually attractive to cats. I planted mine near the foundation of the house on the side facing the septic tank! It is close to a rose bush but not under it.