Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Catmint (Nepeta faassinii and hybrids) N. x faassenii, N. mussinii


Plant Family

Mint Family (Labiatae/Lamiacea)

Other Common Names

Catmint, Faasen’s catmint (N. faassinii), Blue catmint


  • Attractive long lived perennial native to Europe
  • It grows to 12 to 36 inches high and wide, depending on cultivar
  • Tall spikes of purple flowers bloom from late spring through summer
  • Requires well drained garden soils
  • Performs well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8
  • ¬†Full sun but can tolerate some shade in hotter climates
Plant with purple flowers on long stems
Mature Catmint plant Photo credit: Elsa Spezio Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Note: Catmint should not to be confused with catnip, also in the Nepeta genus (Nepeta cataria). Catnip is not a showy landscape plant and can become weedy but it does attract a profusion of bees.



Bee feeding on a small purple flower
Bee feeding on Catmint nectar Photo credit: skittledog Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Additional Resources:


Texas – Catmint