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.
Zones4 - 9
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Low Maintenance
Fragrant
Good For Containers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Great For Mass Plantings
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height15" tall
Mature Spread18" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to late summer
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SKUHC016176

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • 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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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 extended 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 grows easily in most soil types including clay. 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.)
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Associated SKUsHC016176
HC014170 (Plant - 5" Pot)
Common Name
Select Blue Catmint
Botanical Name
Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue
Mature Height
15" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
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
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Fragrant, Good For Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Great For Mass Plantings, Adds Texture
Awards
Perennial Plant of the Year
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To 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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