Plant Taxonomy of Six Hills Giant Catmint:
classifies Six Hills Giant catmint as Nepeta x faassenii
'6 Hills Giant'. '6 Hills Giant' is the cultivar
name. Another popular cultivar is 'Walker's Low'. You will also see Nepeta mussinii
given as a botanical name for this hybrid plant
, whose parents (Nepeta racemosa
and Nepeta nepetella
) are indigenous
to the Old World.
Plant Type for Nepeta x Faassenii:
Nepeta x faassenii
is an herbaceous perennial
. It is also considered an herb plant
, the genus having been used medicinally for centuries in a number of ways, including as a sedative.
Characteristics of Nepeta x Faassenii:
A fragrant plant
, the grey-green leaves of Nepeta x faassenii
may be harvested and dried for use in potpourri. The violet-lavender flowers
are small but numerous, and they are shaped like little trumpets. The plant will reach 2-3 feet in height, with a somewhat greater spread. Growth habit is mounding. As a hybrid plant, you don't have to worry about it spreading via seed (it's sterile); nor will it spread via rhizomes
, despite its roots in the Mint family.
Planting Zones for 6 Hills Giant Catmint:
Sun and Soil Requirements for 6 Hills Giant Catmint:
Plant in full sun to partial shade. Like most herbs, these plants grow best in well-drained ground.
Uses for Nepeta x Faassenii:
As a plant that craves a well-drained soil, it's a natural for rock gardens
. If you were to mass several of the plants together in a small area, Nepeta x faassenii
could serve as a flowering ground cover
that would suppress weeds
, since they do produce dense growth. You can also use it as an edging plant to line a pathway
Wildlife Attracted by Nepeta x Faassenii:
Care for 6 Hills Giant Catmint:
6 Hills Giant catmint begins flowering in late spring or early summer (depending on where you live) and will continue to bloom right into fall if sheared. Divide this perennial
in spring every few years to propagate it and/or to revitalize it. Optional: Since the plant stems can end up leaning away from the middle after a certain height is achieved (leaving a hole in the center of the clump), you may wish to support with a metal ring (as for peonies
) or with stakes and twine.
Outstanding Features of 6 Hills Giant Catmint:
6 Hills Giant catmint is a drought-tolerant perennial
, making it low-maintenance and a prime candidate for xeriscaping
. It can be considered a showy herb, because of its size and the number of blossoms it bears. Some like the look of this herb juxtaposed with plants with silver leaves
. Another noteworthy quality: this is a long-blooming perennial
, making it a great filler plant if you're striving for continual sequence of bloom in the garden.
6 Reasons to Grow This Plant:
6 Hills Giant catmint:
- Is an attractive ground cover
- Saves you on your water bill, being drought-tolerant
- Is low-maintenance
- Attracts "good" wildlife
- Is generally not eaten by pests
- Furnishes your yard with sustained floral color during the summer
Note: Cats and 6 Hills Giant Catmint
What famously drives cats wild is the catnip plant (classified, aptly enough, as Nepeta cataria). Other members of the genus, such as Nepeta x faassenii, produce an effect on some cats, but you're best off sticking with catnip plants if your main purpose is to harvest material for your feline friends.
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