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nepeta

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Pronunciation: /nɪˈpiːtə
 
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Definition of nepeta in English:

noun

A plant of a genus that includes catmint and several kinds cultivated for their spikes of blue or violet flowers.
  • Genus Nepeta, family Labiatae
Example sentences
  • Others are tiny and quite dainty - like the many nepetas and campanulas, or Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’.
  • This works extremely well with my geraniums, coreopsis, nepeta, and Campanula carpatica.
  • Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, the grey-blue tinge of an agave and the blue flowers of nepeta all work in harmony with the piece.

Origin

modern Latin, from Latin nepeta 'calamint' (formerly in this genus).

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