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NEPETA x faassenii 'Walkers Low'

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

NEPETA x faassenii 'Walkers Low'

Plant Common Name

Garden Catmint, Walkers Low Catmint

General Description

The compact catmint, 'Walker's Low', is a super tough summer perennial for full sun. This aromatic, blue-flowered beauty is a hybrid cross between Nepeta nepetella and N. racemosa. In spring, it produces a neat bushy mound of small, gray-green, scalloped leaves that are slightly hairy. By early summer, it offers many loose, upright spikes of violet-blue flowers. These are highly attractive to bees and will reliably re-bloom if spent flower stems are pinched off.

The toughness of this perennial can’t be beat. It is both heat and drought tolerant once established and even grows well along the edge of hot paved walkways. It is a total sun-lover, so don’t even attempt to grow it in shade. Average to fertile soil with excellent drainage is needed for good health. Pebbly or sandy soil works too. After the first flush of blooms in spring, trim all the stems back to encourage a full, robust second flush of flowers later in summer.

This lovely mint looks best planted in masses and makes a superb companion to ornamental grasses and summer-blooming composites. It is a close relative to true catnip (Nepeta cataria) and entices felines in a similar way. 'Walkers Low' is purported to be sterile, and therefore not self-sow, but this is not consistently so.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No