Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific Name: Nepeta x faassenii Early Bird

Common Name: Early Bird Catmint, Early Bird Nepeta


Early Bird Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) is a compact and one of the earliest blooming Catmints. This has become one of my favorite perennials.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone5
Sunlightplants grown in full sun stay compact longer and leaves are grayer
Moistureaverage, drought tolerant once established
Soil & Siteaverage, dry
Flowerslavender blue, borne on a loose raceme, bloomed all of May into June in my garden, the flowers that rebloom in the fall are smaller
Leavesgray-green, aromatic foliage
Stemssquare stemmed
Dimensions14 by 16-24 plus inches, (HS), mounding, the mound holds it's shape for along time
Propagationdivision, cuttings
Misc FactsTo me the trick to growing Nepeta is full sun, average to dry soil and cut back hard after the plants bloom. Avoid shaded, moist, rich soils.
Author's NotesWhat else could you ask for in a perennial. Low maintenance, good foliage color, growth form and hardy.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #217-Chicago Botanic Garden (, #203- North Creek Nursery (
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