Nepeta x Faassenii (Faassen’s Catnip) Reaches 4 Feet High!
Question from: Beverly Schultz
Posted on: October 28, 2007

I have just ordered 5 more packets of the above, from the same lot # 14364 as my first order, I hope.

I have been researching this hybrid (derived from Nepeta mussini) and every description of it calls it a small catmint, "almost a ground cover". Your packet has produced for me a magnificent crop 3-1/2 to 4 feet (!!) high, measuring to the top of the beautiful lavender spires. This plant has withstood winds up to 30 miles so far. Wanting to know more about it I was surprised to find every cite describing it as a low hybrid ground cover. Can you tell me how I got this beautiful crop? I think I would have selected from your catalog because it was pictured as tall with spires.

Hmmm.... I have never seen Faassen’s catnip grow that tall, so I am confused too. In our gardens it typically grows to be about 12-18 inches high. I can’t imagine it growing to 3-1/2 to 4 feet high. Do you have a picture of it in bloom? The first thing we need to do is to establish that the plants you have are in fact Nepeta x faassenii.

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