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Cat's Pajamas Catmint

Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas'

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Cat's Pajamas Catmint (Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas') at North Branch Nursery

Cat's Pajamas Catmint flowers

Cat's Pajamas Catmint flowers

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Cat's Pajamas Catmint (Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas') at North Branch Nursery

Cat's Pajamas Catmint in bloom

Cat's Pajamas Catmint in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A very showy catmint producing masses of indigo blue flowers from late spring to mid-summer; rosy purple calyxes extend color when blooms are spent; shear after flowering to promote re-blooming

Ornamental Features

Cat's Pajamas Catmint has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented indigo flowers with blue overtones and purple calyces rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its small fragrant pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cat's Pajamas Catmint is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Cat's Pajamas Catmint is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cat's Pajamas Catmint will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cat's Pajamas Catmint is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features