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What is a cat whisker?

What is a Cat Whiskers Plant? Cat whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus) is an evergreen member of the mint family and its showy white blossoms set it apart from the crowd. The flowers stand above the plant’s shiny, dark-green leaves, and the color contrast sets off the snowy blooms beautifully. The long, elegant stamens look just like white cat whiskers, which is how the plant got its name.

cat whiskers plant is an upright plant that looks stunning beside trailing and mounding plants. It can grow to 2 feet (61 cm.) tall as it matures, and it can spread even wider. The shrub blooms all summer long in zones 9 and 10. In tropical regions, cat whiskers can grow to 4 feet (1 m.) tall and flower throughout the year.

Growing Cat Whiskers You’ll get the most flowers if you grow a cat whiskers plant in full sun in mild climates. In very hot regions, however, it is better if you find a garden location that gets some afternoon shade.

Cat whiskers plants have no serious pest or disease issues. They are easy to care for and delightful in a garden, especially since the sweet nectar attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds