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Nepeta 'Early Bird' (Catnip)

Nepeta 'Early Bird'

Catnip or catmint

Early blooming variety
Gray-green, aromatic foliage
Very hardy with a compact habit

The earliest blooming Nepeta we've had in our trials, with flowers starting in early April and lasting up to six weeks! Clean, aromatic foliage and a compact habit make it an excellent groundcover.

SIZE
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Height

10-12 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Catnip Interesting Notes

A low-growing member of the clan whose aromatic, gray-green leaves complement the lavender-blue blossoms. Its flowers gather in whorls on stems that reach just 12", and bloom is persistent up to six weeks. This compact, early-blooming variety makes an excellent ground cover for edging a sunny walkway.

Most Nepetas are thrifty plants that prosper in average, well-drained soils, and the majority offer deliciously fragrant, gray-green foliage and numerous spikes of small flowers, generally in the blue to purple range. They are durable, hardy, and pest free. Like Catnip, the best-known member of the genus, Nepetas may send felines into a frenzy. - White Flower Farm

Nepeta 'Early Bird' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in full sun in well-drained soils. Heat and drought tolerant once established.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Fragrant
Fragrant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Dry Sun