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Products > Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
 
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low' - Walker's Low Catmint
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [N. racemosa 'Walker's Low']
Parentage: (Nepeta racemosa x N. nepetella)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low' (Walker's Low Catmint) - This mounding plant grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads as wide with soft crinkly aromatic grey-green 1-2 inch long leaves with strongly toothed margins that hold sturdy upright spikes of deep lavender-blue flowers of a more vivid color than other catmints. The flowers first appear in May and last through July, often with a rebloom lasting until first frost if the plant is pruned back when initial flowers have faded. The scented foliage is useful for dried potpourri or for adding fragrance in fresh arrangements. Flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds and the plant is not bothered by deer or rabbits, and curiously also not by cats. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasional to infrequently. Hardy to USDA zone 5. This cultivar was introduced into cultivation in 1988 by Four Seasons Nursery of Norwich England and was selected in the US as the 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA). The name 'Walker's Low' is misleading as it is not a low growing catmint; the name refers to the name of the garden were the plant was originally found, possibly in Ireland. This plant is sometimes listed as a cultivar of Nepeta racemosa but is believed to actually be a hybrid between Nepeta racemosa and N. nepetella - making it more correctly listed as a hybrid without a specific epithet or a Nepeta x faassenii cultivar. The hybrid name x faassenii is named for Dutch nurseryman J.H. Faassen who developed the first hybrids between Nepeta racemosa and N. nepetella.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'.