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Where in the World Did We Get This Plant? Catmint Comrade?

Where in the World Did We Get This Plant? Catmint Comrade?

Posted by John Friel on Mar 10th 2021

Geography Lessons in the Garden

A good mixed perennial garden can be a trip around the world – or at least across a continent or two. Today’s tour involves a plant whose name sounds deceptively like a land it did NOT come from.

Nepeta kubanica Neptune (‘Bokratune’ PP29556)

Is that a funky way to spell Cuba, land of cigars and Castro? Nyet! The specific epithet refers to “big-leaf catmint’s” ancestral home on the Kuban Peninsula in Southern Russia, on the Black Sea. This particular beauty was bred in Holland.

Here in America, Neptune puts on a long show of cheerful blue flowers on sturdy upright spikes, rising from bushy mounds of blue-green foliage. It tolerates a wide range of soils, handles full sun or part shade, and is suitable for borders or containers.

Height 8 12”. Hardy in Zones 5 – 9.

Great plants come from all over. Keep your passport handy for more “Where In The World?” garden journeys from Emerald Coast Growers – your easy choice!

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