Cat Whiskers are a member of the mint family, and are not a perennial in zone 5–although they are considered a perennial in warmer climates. However, they are beautiful flowers that can be taken indoors over the winter.
I’m excited about this bushy plant with the beautiful flowers! The flowers come in purple or white. I ordered my seeds a few weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to watching them grow.
The plant does have medicinal uses for treating urinary diseases and diabetes, but for me, it’s all about the beauty.
How to Grow
If you are starting with seeds, begin as you would with other seeds. Soak the seeds overnight to help them germinate. Plant in a container and cover with a plastic lid or plastic wrap. When all chance of frost has passed, plant in the yard.
- Choose a sunny or partially sunny spot in your garden.
- Dig a hole a bit bigger than the root ball.
- Mix in fertilizer.
- Gently place the plant into the hole and cover with soil.
- Water the plant in well, and be sure to water several times a week.
- After the blooms fade, remove them to encourage further blooming.
Cat Whiskers make excellent cut flowers and will attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. They are a striking addition to any garden. I’m hoping mine will spread, as it is a member of the mint family…..