Nepeta tuberosa, is unlike most catmints and remarkable for providing a striking vertical contrast, especially when placed among lower growing plants. The stiff upright 60cm tall stems carry branching flowerheads, not unlike most salvias, which are densely packed with tiers of mauve-tinted buds from which the tiny blue-lipped flowers appear. Leaves, stems and buds are densely clothed in white wool, giving a pleasing pale silvery-grey effect. The foliage starts to appear in late winter and early spring and the flowers are colourful for weeks in early to midsummer - still providing a good outline when drought drains the colour, and useful for dried arrangements. Nepeta tuberosa as the name suggests has thick swollen roots like a dahlia, an adaptation to drought, and don’t be alarmed when it dies down in early autumn. Associates with salvias, a range of the umbellifers and other sun loving perennials. A surprisingly rare plant to find. Needs well drained soil in full sun.
Supplied in 9cm Pots. Dormant from August to February.