Joy Creek Nursery

054-013   Nepeta faassenii 'Dropmore' (x)     ( Catmint )

Nepeta faassenii 'Dropmore'  (x)
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Gardeners in cold climates owe a great debt to Hugh Skinner, the Canadian plantsman who developed and selected fruit trees, roses, clematis and many other plants that are hardy enough to tolerate the winters in Dropmore, Manitoba, where he had his nursery. Nepeta x faassenii 'Dropmore' is named for that town. (The original cross between N. racemosa and N. nepetalla derives its name from its originator J. H. Faassen.) This catmint selection has richly colored flowers arranged in dense racemes held above the soft-to-the-touch grey foliage. The leaves have an appealing minty fragrance. Although our barn cat is sometimes attracted to its leaves, this is not catnip (Nepeta cataria) which seems much more attractive to him. Other wildlife, especially pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the flowers. If you cut the flowering stalks back after bloom, 'Dropmore' will quickly regrow and rebloom. This herbaceous perennial forms large clumps that are easy to maintain and are easily divided in the spring.

June to September.  18-24 in. x 36 in.

Blue Violet flowers

Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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