Mint: Cat Blue (Nepeta Mussinii)
Native Range: Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, Turkey
Difficult of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): May to September
Hardiness: Hardy. Mint goes dormant in cold weather and can withstand most frost.
Crops: Spring Transplant
Growing Season: Short, Long
Growing Conditions: Cold, Cool, Warm. Mint prefers cool, moist conditions. You may want to grow it in containers to prevent it from becoming invasive in the garden.
Outdoor Growing Temp: 55°F - 85°F.
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 55°F. There's no advantage to starting your seeds in cold soil, so wait until it's warmed up a little, to at least 60˚F.
Start Indoors: Yes.
Start Outdoors: No.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot). Mint prefers full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates
Water: Dry to medium.
Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium. Well-drained. Thrives in dry soils and is very tolerant of drought.
Feeder: Light. These plants grow best in rich soil, but almost any soil will do.
Suitability: Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade.
Small Gardens?: Yes.
Containers?: Yes. A great container plant--it's even preferred by most gardeners! When growing in confined spaces, Mint should be divided regularly, to prevent overcrowding. The best way to grow it is in a 5 gallon bucket with the bottom cut out, sunk into the ground to within 2 or 3" of the rim.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts cats, and its flowers furnish nectar for hummingbirds and bees.
Sow Depth: On soil surface
USDA Zone: 3-9
Produces: low-growing mound of fragrant foliage with spikes of 12 inch violet-blue flowers.
Garden Uses: Rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens or herb gardens. Also a good plant for edging or small scale ground cover. Good for dry areas. Containers.
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