Nepeta cataria

ssp citriodora

LEMON CATMINT

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Nepeta cataria ssp citriodora
LEMON CATMINT

Heads of white flowers, atop stems of lemon scented foliage.
So the whole plant of Nepeta cataria ssp citriodora is deliciously and strongly aromatic of lemons.

Deter Aphids and make delicious Tea too

Pluck some beautifully aromatic leaves from your Lemon Catmint, and pop them in the teapot to make a refreshing herbal tea.
But don’t be greedy – leave some foliage too, to do the valuable task of repelling Aphids and other sucking pests.
Thus Nepeta cataria ssp citriodora has long been prized as an insect repelling companion plant.
But also valued because it attracts beneficial pollinating insects, as well as deterring Aphids.

Attract bees & useful pollinators

So bees, butterflies, and small native honey-eating birds go into rather a drunken frenzy over the sweet nectar and pollen.
For this reason Lemon Catmint is often used as a companion plant in veggie patches and orchards, and makes a good, hardy herb pot to move around where you want it.
In traditional companion planting Lemon Catmint is used to help distract the ever pesky Cabbage White Butterflies away from your cabbages.

Though you can also give your pussy cat a treat and harvest some leaves to pop in their bedding. Some cats find the scent of Lemon Catmint very soothing, and it can help deter fleas. Though personally speaking, every cat we have ever been slaves to, never needed any help to get a good days sleep.
On the other hand, rabbits and deer to not find Lemon Catmint attractive.

Tough as they come 

Plant Nepeta cataria ssp citriodora in Full Sun to Partial Shade.
It is a very dry hardy perennial plant.
So being water-wise, drought & frost tolerant, it is ideal for gardeners who like to conserve water.

50cm. High x 45cm. Wide.

SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY

Sow indoors in punnets at any time / or scatter in garden in spring.

Sow seed on the surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently into surface. Cover seed with light sprinkling of mix. Moisten punnet. Place in well-lit warm position. Temperatures of 16 to 22°C optimum for rapid germination. Seeds germinate in 7 to 21 days approx.

SEED COUNT: 250 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).

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