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Light: Full sun, Part Sun
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9
Origin: Northern Iran
This plant grows up to 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads wide with soft, wavy, aromatic, gray-green leaves that are 1-2 inches long and have strongly toothed margins. It produces sturdy, upright spikes of deep lavender-blue flowers that are more vivid than other catmints. The flowers appear from May to July, and there is often a second blooming period that lasts until the first frost if the plant is pruned back after the initial flowers have faded.
The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and birds, and the plant is not bothered by deer, rabbits, or cats. It should be planted in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil and irrigated infrequently. This cultivar was introduced into cultivation in 1988 by Four Seasons Nursery of Norwich, England. It was selected as the 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year by the US Perennial Plant Association (PPA). 'Walker's Low' is misleading as it is not a low-growing catmint. It refers to the garden where the plant was initially found, possibly in Ireland.
This plant is often listed as a cultivar of Nepeta racemose, but it is believed to be a hybrid between Nepeta racemose and N. patella. Therefore, it should be more correctly listed as a hybrid without a specific epithet or as a Nepeta x faassenii cultivar.
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