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Little Titch Catmint

Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch'

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Little Titch Catmint (Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch') at Moana Nursery

Little Titch Catmint flowers

Little Titch Catmint flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Little Titch Catmint (Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch') at Moana Nursery

Little Titch Catmint in bloom

Little Titch Catmint in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

Ornamental perennial herb has blue flowers. Shear after flowers fade to promote rebloom. Attracts butterflies. Aromatic, silvery green foliage on compact plant with mat forming habit.

Ornamental Features

Little Titch Catmint has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented powder blue flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its tiny fragrant pointy leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Titch Catmint is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

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 butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Titch Catmint is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Little Titch Catmint will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium 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 locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. 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.

Little Titch Catmint is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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.