Nepeta racemosa is a small plant that grows to a maximum height of 2-5 feet. It can be grown in full sun or semi-shade. It requires moderate water but is drought-tolerant once it has become established. It has highly fragrant, gray-green foliage with crenate margins and prominent veining. The foliage releases a strong, lemony scent when it is crushed or bruised. Additionally, attractive two-lipped, pale lilac to deep violet flowers bloom in spring and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
Nepeta is hardy, making it suitable for planting in the USDA Zone 4-8. This low-maintenance plant is easy to grow and does well in borders, rock gardens, and containers. When grown in a pot, it should be placed in a spot that can provide some protection from the cold and wind. The soil should be well-drained, fertile, and amended with organic material.
Overall, Nepeta is a showy and aromatic plant that adds a unique touch to any garden with its lovely blue, lavender, or purple flowers. It is an interesting addition to borders and rock gardens, while providing an attractive display of colors and aroma.