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NEPETA racemosa 'Snowflake'

Image of Nepeta racemosa 'Snowflake'

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

NEPETA racemosa 'Snowflake'

Plant Common Name

Spike Catmint

General Description

Small and tidy, this is a dwarf selection of catmint and has narcotic effects on felines. This species is native to the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran where the climate is cold and dry. It has undergone extensive breeding to yield more garden-worthy forms such as this dwarf, ‘Snowflake.’ Its leaves are small, scalloped, soft gray-green and set opposite one another on the stems. Its low, spreading habit remains compact without pruning and has none of the legginess of its predecessors. It emits a musky, subtle minty fragrance when crushed, which cat lovers deem a benefit of planting it along foot paths.

The small, two-lipped, tubular flowers of ‘Snowflake’ are white and held loosely on upright flower spikes. The flowers are highly attractive to bees. It is recommended they be severely deadheaded just as the flush begins to fade in order to promote a second bloom and more lush foliage later in the season.

This plant is very easy to grow though known to self sow where conditions are right. It prefers well-drained light soils 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

    5 - 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

  • Height

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • 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

    White

  • 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, Edging, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes