Nepeta subsessilis 'Cool Cat'

Japanese Catmint

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Have you ever heard of catnip? This plant is a type of catnip, although how much your cat may like catnip appears to vary.

Cool Cat catmint is a clump-forming perennial that grows to a height of 30 inches with full sun to partial shade and moderate moisture conditions. In early to mid-summer it produces showy, fragrant, lavender-pink blooms that are very popular with bees and other pollinators. If the dead flowers are removed it will rebloom in the fall. It is resistant to deer. Because of its clumping growth habit it is suitable for cottage gardens and perennial borders. It will self-seed however so care should be take when planting near open or nature areas. Cut back in early spring to encourage new growth.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8