Nepeta 'Early Bird' (Catmint) with silvery green foliage grown in quart-sized containers
Close-up of the showy purple flowers of Nepeta 'Early Bird' (Catmint)

Nepeta 'Early Bird' (Catmint)

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Nepeta 'Early Bird' is a hybrid catmint cultivar noted for its low-growing behavior, low bloom window, and showy silver-green foliage.

Growing to only 12-18" tall, 'Early Bird' catmint is a mint relative with aromatic foliage covered in fine hairs that add a silvery-green hue to its appearance. Upright and clump forming overtime, Nepeta is a a non-native genus of plants popular in gardens for their fragrance, their appearance, their attractiveness to pollinators, and occasionally their culinary use.

With hair covered, somewhat mint-scented foliage, catmint is resistant to browsing from deer and rabbits, while its long-lasting purple flowers provide a source of nectar to pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds from April all the way through to September. 'Early Bird' is relatively hardy and its compact growth means it won't get too unruly through the summer, making it an excellent addition to small beds or containers, full sun areas, as accent pieces all throughout the landscape, as long as they are provided with moderate levels of moisture.

Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average
Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Silver/Green-silver/Green-gray
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Fall Color, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, and Drought Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, Container, Rock Garden, and Foundation Planting

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