Nepeta govaniana is a very particular perennial, native to the western Himalayas, from Pakistan to north-west India (Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2300 m - 3300 m). It is an excellent addition to an ornamental garden.
A brief presentation:
- Deciduous but fast growing, the plant forms an erect, branched clump from the end of spring, between 50 cm and one metre in height including the floral spikes.
- Nepeta govaniana will flower non-stop from early July and until October, as long as you regularly remove the dried floral stems.
- Its flowers, characteristic of plants belonging to the Lamiaceae or mint family, have a lower lip nearly three centimetres long and are a soft light yellow colour; more like the flowers of a Salvia than a Nepeta;
- and another plus... gently crushing its soft, hairy leaves gives off a strong scent of mint. Nepeta govaniana is nectar-producing and readily attracts bumble bees, butterflies and humming-bird moths.
Where is best to plant it and how to use it?
In the middle or back of a mixed-border, we like to plant yellow catmint en masse or with other summer flowering perennials for beautiful fresh-butter / grey-blue: combinations:
- Achillea 'Credo', Salvia 'Sungold', Achillea 'Moonshine', Alcea rugosa, Anthemis 'Sauce Hollandaise', Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight', Cephalaria alpina, Helianthus, Patrinia scabiosifolia, Phlomis russeliana
Grow in sun (not scorching) or partial shade in ordinary, acid to neutral soil, well-drained in winter. Avoid heavy, clay soils which are wet in winter.
Maintenance: - prune the dried floral spikes to encourage the growth of new flowers, - in autumn, cut the plant back after flowering, - mulch with rough compost at the end of winter, - water occasionally in summer to support the flowers.
Synonyms: Dracocephalum govaniana, Glechoma govaniana
- 12 cm pot
Semis direct en pleine terre- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 70 to 100cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: cream
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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