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JANET18-May-01 09:50 AM EST 3a   
Debbie18-May-01 11:20 AM EST 8a   
Pam19-May-01 04:25 PM EST 3   

Subject: CATMINT
Zone: 3a
Date: 18-May-01 09:50 AM EST

I love the look that catmint has I have bought the NEPATA DROPMORE BLUE vareity but am I crazy to plant this in my garden will I have all the neighbours cats in my garden my own cat was very excited about this plant.

Subject: RE: CATMINT
From: Debbie
Zone: 8a
Date: 18-May-01 11:20 AM EST

Nepeta x faassenii is the variety you want. It is the ornamental variety ground cover. Has grey white leaves and small purple flowers. Works great in hanging baskets too. My cat won't even look at it or the other cats in the area have never touched it. Another name for it is BOGUS catnip so that says it all. It smells stronger then nepeta x Cataria, which is the actual catnip sold for cats. Another name it goes by is ground ivy.

Subject: RE: CATMINT
From: Pam
Zone: 3
Date: 19-May-01 04:25 PM EST

Janet....I bought the same catmint as you. It's a lovely plant in one way but the draw back is....cats LOVE IT and it is VERY INVASIVE. I would routinely find the neighbourhood cats rolling in it and making the wildest sounds...but I did not want to attract cats to the yard so decided to get rid of it. MUCH EASIER SAID THAN DONE. I dug and I pulled and it STILL came back. I put round up on the new growth and it STILL came back. After three years I think I have finally gotten rid of it. If you really want it, I'd suggest putting it into some kind of container. Good Luck!

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