The name Purrsian Blue may be something of a groan-inducing joke, but this new variety of Nepeta, or catmint, is a seriously good plant, which maintains a nice bushy and  compact habit and, more importantly, just keeps on producing its short spikes of periwinkle to sky blue flowers with smoky purple calyces.  Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 18 in.


Nepeta Purrsian Blue is a 2013 introduction by big US outfit Walter’s Gardens, the originator being Kevin Hurd, through a cross between the well known variety Six Hills Giant and Eldean. The result is a fine plant that, because of its tight compact stature, avoids becoming floppy and carries on flowering pretty relentlessly, given a bit of cutting back once a flush of flowering has finished. Though diminutive in height, it will fill a space pretty effectively, as by year two onwards, you are looking at it spreading to a good couple of feet, or 60cm in new money.

Purrsian Blue is a variety of Nepeta x Faassenii. If that last bit seems a bit of a mouthful, it refers to the originators of this sterile hybrid, the Dutch nursery J H Faassen. So there.

By way of reassurance, Tango the PP cat has given this new plant the once over and has given it his award of merit.

Nepeta Purrsian Blue is a compact hardy perennial with aromatic grey green foliage and spikes of sky blue flowers throughout summer suitable for full sun.

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