Varieties of Catnip Plants

The world of catnips can be confusing for laymen. After all, there are numerous varieties that differ in terms of their flowering time, flower colour, growth size, location requirements and resistance. Here you get an overview of the best varieties.

The differences between gray and green-leaved varieties

First, a distinction must be made between gray and green-leaved varieties. The greyish-brown varieties are more common and less demanding to handle. They are considered to be extremely compatible with dryness and heat and are excellent with low-nutrient substrates. The low specimens among them become between 20 and 30 cm high. The larger specimens like to rise up to 1 m in the height.

On the other hand, the green-leaved catnips are considered more difficult to handle. They can’t handle the south and the heat. They also do not tolerate dry soil. They need it moist and prefer to grow in semi-shade. These include, for example, the ‘Manchu Blue’ variety, which blooms in a blue violet from May to June.

Known violet flowering varieties

The catnip ‘Superba’ is probably the most robust variety. It is an old and proven plant dating back to 1804. Its strengths are its enormously rich flower pile and its undemanding disposition. Already from April she presents her flowers.

Other varieties with violet flowers are:

  • ‘Grog’: greyish-brown, discreetly citrus-like scent, red calyxes
  • ‘Odeur Citron’: grayish, strong citrus aroma cats don’t like
  • ‘Walkers Low’: greyish foliage, intense flower colour, rich flowering, up to 80 cm high

Secret tips among the catnips

Varieties that are less well known but absolutely recommended for shrub beds as they set pretty contrasts are the following:

  • ‘Snowflake’: white flowering, strong growth
  • ‘glacial ice’: silver-blue flowering, extremely filigree effect
  • ‘Blue Danube’: blue-violet flowering, up to 120 cm high
  • ‘Dawn to Dusk’: purple calyxes and delicate lilac flowers

Tips & Tricks

Walkers Low is the best variety. It convinces with its colour-intensive and numerous flowers, which put the other varieties in the shade…


Text: madeleine