High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Blue Moon Catmint
Nepeta nervosa 'Blue Moon'
Blue Moon Catmint flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 16 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Blanketed with lavender flowers from early to late summer, it catches the eye when massed; it will bloom in waves all summer; a fast-growing, bushy dwarf variety excellent for containers, groundcover, and rock gardens.
Blue Moon Catmint has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented lavender flowers rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive small fragrant pointy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Blue Moon Catmint is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Blue Moon Catmint is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Herb Gardens
Planting & Growing
Blue Moon Catmint will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.