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Perennial

Nepeta 'Early Bird'

Plant Type: Perennial

The earliest blooming Nepeta we've had in our trials, with flowers starting in early April and lasting up to six weeks! Clean, gray-green, aromatic foliage and a compact habit make it an excellent groundcover. A low-growing member of the clan whose aromatic, gray-green leaves complement the lavender-blue blossoms. Its flowers gather in whorls on stems that reach just 12", and bloom is persistent up to six weeks. This compact, early-blooming variety makes an excellent ground cover for edging a sunny walkway.

Most Nepetas are thrifty plants that prosper in average, well-drained soils, and the majority offer deliciously fragrant, gray-green foliage and numerous spikes of small flowers, generally in the blue to purple range. They are durable, hardy, and pest free. Like Catnip, the best-known member of the genus, Nepetas may send felines into a frenzy.


Height

10-12"

Spread

12"

Growth Habit

FILLER (mounded)

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 3 (-40/-30F)

Characteristics & Attributes

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Moderate
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