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Nepeta 'Early Bird' (catmint)

Nepeta 'Early Bird'

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

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

catmint 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.

Good Substitutions

catmint Nepeta × faassenii 'Purrsian Blue'
catmint Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic'
catmint Nepeta Junior Walker™ 'Novanepjun'
catmint Nepeta × faassenii 'Walker's Low'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant
Fragrant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Propagation Type
Vegetative