Cat’s Pajamas Catmint

Nepeta x faassenii 'Cat's Pajamas'

Family: Catmint

Type: Perennial

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint, known botanically as Nepeta ‘Cat’s Pajamas’, is a delightful perennial that offers both ornamental and aromatic qualities. It’s celebrated for its dense lavender-blue flowers and compact growth habit.

This variety is a standout in the Nepeta family, blooming earlier and longer than many others. Its flowers appear on the stem from the base upward, providing a long season of color.

Adaptable and easy to grow, Cat’s Pajamas Catmint thrives in full sun to partial shade and is hardy in zones 3-8. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners seeking a low-maintenance yet high-impact plant.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 3a-4a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 1

Average Spread (feet): 2

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Mounded


Flower Color: Purple

Secondary Flower Color: Blue

Bloom Season: From late spring to mid summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Pointy

Landscaping Your Yard With Cat’s Pajamas Catmint

Integrating Cat’s Pajamas Catmint into your garden design can add a burst of color and a delightful fragrance. It’s ideal for borders, herb gardens, or as a fragrant addition to walkways and patios.

This plant is perfect for pollinator gardens as it attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It’s also deer and rabbit resistant, making it a great choice for areas with wildlife.

Despite its showy appearance, Cat’s Pajamas Catmint requires minimal care. It’s drought-tolerant once established and does not require much watering or fertilizing.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Cat's Pajamas Catmint adds charm with its informal look and long-lasting blooms.

Rock Garden

For rock gardens, its compact size and tolerance for dry conditions make it an ideal fit among stones and gravel.

Container Garden

In container gardens, it's a great choice for adding height and color, and its fragrance can be enjoyed up close.

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint Landscaping Ideas

Plant along pathways or borders for a beautiful and fragrant edge. Its blooms and scent enhance the sensory experience of the garden.

Use in a moon garden. Its light-colored flowers are visible in the evening, and its fragrance intensifies at night.

Combine with other perennials like lavender and salvia for a stunning display of color and varied textures.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Cat's Pajamas Catmint begins to grow, setting the stage for early summer blooms.


During summer, it displays abundant lavender-blue flowers, providing a long-lasting and vibrant show.


In the fall, the plant may continue to bloom until the first frost, offering extended color in the garden.


In winter, Cat's Pajamas Catmint dies back. In milder climates, some foliage may remain, providing winter interest.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint should be planted in areas with full sun to partial shade. It’s perfect for open landscapes, sunny borders, or herb gardens.


This plant thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, where it will still bloom but may not be as vigorous.


Cat's Pajamas Catmint prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to various soil types, from sandy to clay.


Space plants about 18 inches apart to allow for their mature spread and ensure adequate air circulation.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Cat’s Pajamas Catmint is in the spring or early fall, allowing the plant to establish itself before extreme temperatures.

How to Plant

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, fill it with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure it’s at the same depth as it was in the container.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly after planting until established. Once established, Cat’s Pajamas Catmint is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering.


Fertilize lightly in the spring, if at all. Over-fertilizing can lead to leggy growth.


Prune back in early spring to promote bushier growth and more blooms. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage a second bloom.

By Season


Spring Care

Remove any dead foliage and apply a thin layer of compost to encourage growth.

Summer Care

Water during prolonged dry spells. Deadhead regularly to prolong blooming.

Fall Care

Reduce watering and prepare the plant for winter dormancy.

Winter Care

Cut back the foliage after the first frost or leave it for winter interest and cut back in early spring.


How Long Does Cat's Pajamas Catmint Bloom?

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint blooms from early summer to fall, especially if deadheaded regularly.

Is Cat's Pajamas Catmint Resistant to Deer and Rabbits?

Yes, it is generally resistant to deer and rabbits, making it a good choice for gardens with wildlife.

Can Cat's Pajamas Catmint Be Used in Culinary Dishes?

While not typically used in cooking, catmint can be used in similar ways to mint in teas and as an herb.

Products That Feature This Plant

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