Pink Cat Catmint

Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’

Description & Overview

Prolific hot-pink flowers emerge over top 4-6” tall mounds of dense, aromatic, dark green foliage that is resistant to rabbit and deer grazing. A stunning herbaceous perennial in the front of garden beds, borders and in mixed container plantings. Pink Cat Catmint is heat and drought tolerant once established. This pink catmint resembles Hummelo Lambs Ear (Stachys moineri) more closely than commonly seen Nepeta varieties, with added aromatic benefits.

Core Characteristics

Wisconsin Native: No – Introduced
Mature Height: 9-11″
Mature Spread: 10-12″
Growth Rate: Perennial
Growth Form: Dense mounding foliage, flower spikes rise above
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Average to dry soils, heat tolerant. Avoid overly rich soils
Flower: Hot-pink
Bloom Period: May-July
Foliage: Aromatic, dark green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: Insignificant

Suggested Uses:

Site Pink Cat Catmint at the front of a sunny perennial bed, in mesic (average moisture) to dry soil conditions. Provide full sun to partial shade for best blooming capabilities. With its prolonged bloom period, this Nepeta variety provides a beautiful show of flowers from early spring to late summer. Making it perfect for borders, accenting later blooming shrubs, along sidewalks, or even in a mixed container. With its heat and drought tolerance it has great potential in urban settings along roadways, in parks or parking lot beds.

Wildlife Value:

In the landscape, Pink Cat Catmint will attract pollinators. Nepeta species are used as food plants by the larvae of some butterfly and moth. They provide a nectar source for other pollinators like honeybees and hummingbirds. The bright pink flower is especially alluring to hummingbirds. Pink Cat Catmint’s aromatic foliage can help keep other garden bests at bay like aphids and squashbugs.

Maintenance Tips:

The compact foliage of Pink Cat Catmint reaches only 6” tall at maturity, with flower spikes rising to 10-12”. This makes for very low maintenance. Flowers can be pruned back once spent to encourage a rebloom like other Nepeta species require. Cut to 3-4″ from the ground in fall.

Although the plant is heat and drought tolerant, it is recommended to water regularly especially in the first two seasons while it establishes itself. Especially in extremely hot months.


Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’ is both rabbit and deer resistant. Occasional insects like slugs, spider mites, whiteflies and aphids can be found feeding on nepeta. It is uncommon for them to be damaging to the health of plant. Powdery mildew can become an issue if conditions are too moist or humid, as for root rot. Proper siting can help to avoid this issue.

Leaf Lore:

Pink Cat Catmint is the first TRUE pink nepeta to enter the market. How exciting! It will easily become a staple in any sun perennial garden.

Companion Plants:

In a sunny location, plant in front of taller perennials like Shasta Daisy, Pale Purple Coneflower, Montrose White Calamint and alongside American Gold Rush Rudbeckia for a beautiful contrast.

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