Go Back Catmint Candy Cat

Nepeta subsessilis 'Candy Cat'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Impressive from a distance and up close, this selection produces sizeable, dense clusters of pale lavender pink flowers. Each flower measures about 3/4 inch long which is quite large for a nepeta. They have a minty fragrance which can be enjoyed up close when the flowers are cut for fresh bouquets. The broad, glossy, dark green leaves are the perfect backdrop for the flowers and they form rounded clumps of foliage. When the stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus the common name, Catmint. Unlike other Nepetas, this one prefers moist soil.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Nepetas are easy to grow perennials that provide a beautiful show of color all summer long. This variety should be planted in full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shearing the plant back in the springtime will promote more compact growth and deadheading will prolong the bloom time.

Flower Color

Pink shades

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

42 in.

Good Companions

Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Prairie Mallow (Sidalcea ), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell (Veronica spicata), Yarrow (Achillea )

Plant Height

26-38 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Mass plant, Cut flower or foliage, Fragrant flowers or foliage, Border

Bloom Time

Mid summer, Early summer

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests