Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

Select Blue Catmint

Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
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SKU HBL3BXX

Details

12-14" tall x 15-18" wide. Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) was originally chosen for introduction because of its noticeably bluer flowers than is typical of most Nepeta. 'Select Blue' Catmint has become a cornerstone in many xeriscapes because of its cold hardiness, ease-of-cultivation, longevity and long period of bloom. The first flush of flower comes in late spring. When deadheaded promptly, you will enjoy a second flush of blooms in late summer. Out of flower, the neat mound of foliage has a pleasing fragrance, texture and gray-green color. Impervious to browsing animals, it's grows easily in most soil types including clay, and is a sterile plant that will not reseed and make a weed of itself like other more common catmint. Cut back just above ground-level (about 3") in mid-spring. Shear off faded flowers in June to re-bloom. (Cutting propagated.)
Associated SKUs
HBL3BXX
71289R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
71289P (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Select Blue Catmint
Botanical Name Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 15" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Catmint (Nepeta)

The Catmints (Nepeta) are some of our best garden perennials being long-lived, very easy-to-grow, resistant to browsing animals (deer and rabbits). Catmints are an excellent source of nectar for honeybees and butterflies and are a great beginner's perennial.

Many species are excellent in the xeric (low-water garden) and they grow well in a wide range of soil types, including dry clay. They grow well with at least a half day of sun, but flower best in full sun. We recommend planting only sterile hybrids and avoiding any Nepeta that are propagated from seed. The seed-grown Catmints can be aggressively weedy, spreading themselves throughout the garden and crowding out neighboring perennials.

The varieties we offer are outstanding, sterile (no seeds), long-blooming varieties:

  • Nepeta faassenii 'Select Blue' - This low growing, non-spreading plant has beautiful lavender-blue flowers. In early summer after the first flush of flowers have faded, shear off the flower spikes just above the foliage to get the plants to re-bloom again later in the summer.
  • Nepeta 'Walker's Low' - has showy deep blue flowers on tall flower spikes. 'Walker's Low' grows as a neat, non-suckering, well behaved plant and blooms for many months from late spring into mid-summer. Deadheading (shearing off the faded flower spikes just above the foliage) will encourage stronger re-blooming.

More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Catmint (Nepeta) plants: Growing Nepeta: Pick the Best and Enjoy the Show.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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High Country GardensNepeta faassenii Select Blue
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Healthy (12)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Fragrant (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (12)
  • Outdoors (11)
  • Patio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mass of purple

I bought this plant to make some old stumps more attractive. I planted them around the stump and I cannot believe how they have filled in around the stumps. I have grown this plant...Read complete review

I bought this plant to make some old stumps more attractive. I planted them around the stump and I cannot believe how they have filled in around the stumps. I have grown this plant before and have had many compliments and comments wondering what the purple mass was that I had planted. Nepeta faassenii is very cold hardy in our zone 4/5, takes high winds and snow very well. This would be a great go to plant if you had a space that needed a plant that would grow and fill in quickly. The honey bees love it! Mine is planted in full sun and does really well in poor soil.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small

Still waiting to see if they grow after winter. Very tiny after planting and not exactly looking like photos

Still waiting to see if they grow after winter. Very tiny after planting and not exactly looking like photos

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic plant

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from Magdalena, NM

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

    Hardy, healthy, quick to bloom, fantastic plant!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very hardy, even for Las Vegas

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    from Las Vegas, NV

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

      I planted my catmints in the fall in terrible Las Vegas soil with no supplementary water aside from me watering occasionally with a garden hose. The plants arrived small, but now that it's getting warm here, they are really starting to take off and flower. The flower color is a very pretty blue. The foliage is very attractive too, with a grayish blue tinge and tightly packed leaves. I'm using the catmint to soften the edges of my large patio area. So far, the catmint is turning out to be very hardy and it loves the sun.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

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      from Deming, NM

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      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

        This is a great plant for the dry, windy climate of SW New Mexico.

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        3.0

        Small

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        from Medford, Oregon

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

        Still waiting to see if they grow after winter. Very tiny after planting and not exactly looking like photos

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mass of purple

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        from Mount Pleasant, Ia.

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pool Area

          Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

          I bought this plant to make some old stumps more attractive. I planted them around the stump and I cannot believe how they have filled in around the stumps. I have grown this plant before and have had many compliments and comments wondering what the purple mass was that I had planted. Nepeta faassenii is very cold hardy in our zone 4/5, takes high winds and snow very well. This would be a great go to plant if you had a space that needed a plant that would grow and fill in quickly. The honey bees love it! Mine is planted in full sun and does really well in poor soil.

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          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          New AZ gardener, new garden doing well, love the catmint

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          from Show Low AZ at 6000 ft

          About Me Getting Started

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Filtered Shade
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

            We are first time high desert gardeners. We chose nepita blue to go near the house at the base of a tall grass. We get high filtered sun here under tall ponderosa pines. We added mulch to the sandy soil and are pleased with the plant's growth.

            We expect it will do well through the el nino winter and are looking for growth and flowers next year. The plant arrived well packed and health and has thrived in its first season.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EZ & beauiful

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            from Prescott, AZ

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Long-lived

            Cons

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              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

              Rapid grower, beautiful in 1st year, deer & rabbits stay away, low water usage: what more could a gardener ask?

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Comes Back Year After Year

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              from Manson, WA

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Fragrant
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • Invasive

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

              I garden in North Central Washington State where we have hot summers and cold winters. This catmint does great and comes back every year. The only possible problem is that it does spread by seed, which is great if you want more of them. If you don't, it's pretty easy to see the little plants coming up and just pull them. It also transplants fairly well.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful for hot desert color

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              from Outside Las Vegas, NV

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Fragrant
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Any Where
              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

              It's not always easy to grow anything leafy in the hot desert of Southern Nevada, but this pretty plant is an exception. Grows and blooms with little effort as long as you water. And, those pesky rabbits don't eat it. I will be buying more next year.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this plant. And so does my cat.

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              from Burley, Idaho

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

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                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio

                Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

                This is a great plant for along a walkway. It spills out over the edge iof the stones softening the edges. It is very easy to grow. The color is beautiful and looks great with the Jupiters Beard also in the same bed. I intend to buy more of these because they do so well in my yard. Of course I will buy them from High Country Gardens. The plants arrive in great shape and grow and do well. I have been buying from you for years one have always been very happy with my plants

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love these little plansts witht the beautiful flowers

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                from Indianapolis, IN area

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                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Healthy

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                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

                  As expected, everything arrived with excellant packaging and instructions

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very happy with this purchase!

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                  from Janesville, WI

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Attracts Pollinators
                  • Healthy

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                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

                    This is a beautiful, healthy plant. Grew very well the first season, goes well with many other perennials.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Iit's growing

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                    from meadow, utah

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                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Nepeta faassenii Select Blue:

                      This is a hardy little plant. It is surviving in an area that does not have the best soil and does not get water on a regular basis. It has been walked on by the meter reader (I plan to move the plant as the guy continues to step on it though there is other space to walk.)

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                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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