Plant Type: Hostas
2021 – Perennial of the Year
Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
This sun-loving perennial is the perfect choice for attracting pollinators, since it blooms from early summer until frost. Tiny, white flowers cover the bushy habit. Since this is in the mint family, the leaves carry a mint scent. Perfect for rock garden enthusiasts and herb gardens. Use in the landscape as you would Nepeta (Catmint).
In addition to being a little over half the height, ‘Cats Pajamas’ also blooms about 2-3 weeks earlier than ‘Cat’s Meow’. The ball-shaped habit carries long, dark flower stems that hold indigo blue flowers. Unlike older varieties that only produce flowers at the top of the stems, this improved Catmint has blooms from the soil to the tips of the stems. Even when the flowers are past peak, the color of the rosy purple calyxes give your garden an additional splash of color. As an added bonus, the small, aromatic leaves keep deer and rabbits away. Try this shorter stature plant in city gardens or near the front of the border.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Flower ColorBlue shades
Soil MoistureDry is better than moist
Characteristics & Attributes