Plant Taxonomy of Little Titch Catmint:
Plant Type for Nepeta Racemosa (Mussinii):
Characteristics of Nepeta Racemosa (Mussinii):
Planting Zones for Nepeta Racemosa (Mussinii):
Sun and Soil Requirements for Little Titch Catmint:
Uses for Dwarf Catmints:
Wildlife Attracted by Nepeta Racemosa (Mussinii):
Care for Little Titch Catmint:
Care begins in early spring, when, armed with a pair of scissors, you should go out and remove any dead vegetation left over from last year as part of your spring cleaning in the garden. Little Titch catmint can begin flowering anytime from early spring to late spring (depending on weather, microclimate and region) and can continue to bloom right into fall with proper care. This is a long-blooming perennial, but it doesn't hurt to help it along a bit with deadheading. Since it bears so many flowers, however, it's easiest to bring out the scissors again and give it a haircut. Such a haircut in mid-summer will be succeeded by new blossoms later in the summer.
To propagate it and/or to revitalize it, divide this perennial in spring every few years.
Outstanding Features of Nepeta Racemosa (Mussinii):
Short, with dense foliage, this dwarf catmint plant makes for a well-behaved ground cover, effective at choking out weed plants. Little Titch doesn't get out of hand like '6 Hills Giant', a much bigger type of Nepeta. Whereas 6 Hills Giant overwhelmed the perennials I had growing next to it (in the first year of my trial for these perennials), Little Titch minded its own business all summer.
Nepeta racemosa (mussinii) is a drought-tolerant ground cover, so it is useful for xeriscaping plans. This is a low-maintenance and long-blooming perennial, making it a great small filler plant if you're striving for continual sequence of bloom in a planting bed.
Catmint vs. Catnip:
What famously drives cats wild is the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria). Other members of the genus, such as Nepeta racemosa (mussinii), may have an effect on certain cats, but, in general, gardeners grow catmint plants for aesthetic reasons and catnip plants for their cats' pleasure. While catnip is a type of catmint, no other catmints, properly speaking, should be referred to as "catnip."