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NEPETA 'Blue Wonder'

Image of Nepeta 'Blue Wonder'

John Rickard

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

NEPETA 'Blue Wonder'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Catmint

General Description

If it’s a tough, drought-tolerant, everblooming perennial you seek, then look no further. The hybrid catmint ‘Blue Wonder’ forms attractive mounds of fragrant, fuzzy foliage and offers short spikes of lavender blue flowers all summer. Another perk is that it is said to be sterile, so it does not self-sow.

The uniformly mounded plants of ‘Blue Wonder’ have fuzzy heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges that are medium to grey-green. The drier the growing conditions, the greyer the foliage. In summer, it produces upright clusters of small, tubular, lavender-blue flowers. These attract bees and butterflies and will continue to bloom most heavily if regularly deadheaded or lightly sheared after the first flush of blooms.

Full sun and average to fertile soil with sharp drainage are best for growing catmint. Wet soils are especially detrimental to the health of these plants as they can lead to root and stem rot. This is a carefree and easy perennial for sunny spots. It is ideal for sunny garden edges, rock gardens, and containers. The plants look great when planted in masses with other tough perennials and grasses for sun.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No