Nepeta ×faassenii Stearn


A sterile hybrid, N. nepetella × N. racemosa.

Upright to trailing herb. Leaves mostly oblong, to 3 cm long, grey-green, hairy, finely toothed, with a pungent minty scent, mostly truncate at the base. Flowers with corolla to 12 mm long, pale lavender with dark spots; spring to autumn.

Garden origin

Grown as a range of habit cultivars from upright and about 1 m tall to trailing.

Generally grown as an edging plant. N. racemosa Lam. is very similar and often confused with this hybrid; it differs in having ovate leaves with a cordate base. N. mussinii Henckel is a name used mistakenly for either N. ×faassenii or N. racemosa.

The cultivars listed under the Cultivar tab are sometimes treated as cultivars of N. racemosa or as hybrids of uncertain parentage. Blue Cat is probably a commercial name for the species although it is promoted as having darker blue flowers.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Nepeta ×faassenii 'Little Tich'

A dwarf selection to about 15 cm tall.

Nepeta ×faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'

Plant larger than the species, the flowers in large lavender-blue clusters.

In Australia this cultivar is sometimes known as N. 'Blue Hills Giant' which is probably an Australian corruption of N. 'Six Hills Giant'.

Nepeta ×faassenii 'Snowflake'

Plant low, trailing; flowers white.

Nepeta ×faassenii 'Walker's Low'

To about 75 cm tall with arching stems.

N. 'Walker's Blue' is sometimes listed.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Nepeta L.