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NEPETA grandiflora 'Dawn to Dusk'

Image of Nepeta grandiflora 'Dawn to Dusk'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

NEPETA grandiflora 'Dawn to Dusk'

Plant Common Name

Caucasus Catmint, Large-flowered Catmint

General Description

Like it parent species, ‘Dawn to Dusk’ is known as catnip for its narcotic effects on felines. It is a hardy perennial, descended from a native of the Caucasus region of eastern Europe by way of extensive breeding to yield more attractive garden forms. Its leaves are small, scalloped, and a soft gray-green color. They may or may not be felted with tiny hairs. The leaves are set opposite one another on the stems which may be straight or branched depending on how the plant is trimmed. They share a musky, subtle minty fragrance when crushed.

The small, two-lipped, tubular flowers of ‘Dawn To Dusk’ are considered the showiest form of this species. Appearing in summer, the smoky violet blooms are far more bold than their pale ancestors. They are held loosely on upright flower spikes. The flowers are highly attractive to bees. It is recommended they be severely deadheaded just as the first flush of bloom begins to fade in order to promote a second bloom and more lush foliage later in the season.

This catmint is very easy to grow but known to self-sow where conditions are right. It prefers well-drained, light soil and thrives in sandy ground. Give it full sun in beds, borders, herb gardens and containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 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

    Herb

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes