low, very low
April to October
8 to 10 in.
12 to 16 in.
native to Europe, Asia and north Africa
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Little Trudy catmint is a short perennial flower. It is the most compact of the catmints available, which makes it ideal for the front of the garden beds.
The silvery serrated foliage has a pleasant aroma, and the spikes of tubular lavender flowers are long-lasting. The flowers will be more abundant if grown in full sun. Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Little Trudy catmint has been an excellent perennial flower at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It blooms for an extended period, is resistant to deer and rabbits, and doesn't spread by seed. If you're looking for a small catmint, or even a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant flower, Little Trudy is a great choice.
In early spring, cut the old growth to ground level. Cut back the spent flower stalks to encourage a second flush of flowers.