General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 to 30 inches (61 - 76 cm)
Plant Spread: 24 to 30 inches (61 - 76 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Other: Green to gray-green heart shaped leaves appear opposite along the stems.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Lavender-blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollution
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: sterile
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2001 Great Plant Picks award winner; 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year
Child plants: one child plant

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Common names
  • Catmint
  • Blue Catmint
Also sold as:
  • Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Photo Gallery
Photo by kosk0025
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2008-05-26
Location: IL
Date: 2017-06-23
#Pollination  Metallic Green Bee (Genus Agapostemon )
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2015-05-27
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Date: 2021-07-06
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-05

Date: 2016-04-25
First flush of blooms starting
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
Close-up
Photo by pirl
Location: Fairfax, VA

Date: 10/03/2011

Date: 2014-05-04
Photo by pirl
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Powell Butte, OR
Date: 2020-03-19
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-06-11

Date: 2013-06-24
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-04-30
A long blooming, lavender blue colour of Catmint.
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-05-01
Grows well in hot and dry, sandy soil.

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: IL
Date: 2011-06-05

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic

Date: 2014-05-04
Location: Southern Maine
Date: Aug. 11, 2018
Bees love it!
Location: My garden
Date: May 28, 2011 4:52 PM
Location: Pinconning, MI
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-05-30
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-05-30
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-05-24
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-07-03

courtesy Sunlight Gardens
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2012-06-09
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2012-06-09
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-07-12
"Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low', 2017, [Catnip], NEP-eh-tuh, 2x2
Location: Georgia, USA
Date: Late Spring
'Walker's Low' growing with Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-10-10
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-06-23
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2017-06-17
In the scented garden
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Date: summer 2017

Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: IDEA Garden, Tyler, Texas
Date: 2014-05-03

Date: 2014-05-04
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-06-13
Location: My Cincinnati Ohio garden
Date: May 17, 2012
Nepeta Walker's Low
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2012-06-09
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2012-06-09

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Bordines Nursery, Rochester Hills, MI
Date: 2010-06-07
Location: NJ
Date: 2012-05-21
Location: Bordines Nursery, Rochester Hills, MI
Date: 2010-06-07
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-05-23
Zone 9b.
Location: Bordines Nursery, Rochester Hills, MI
Date: 2010-06-07
Location: Bordines Nursery, Rochester Hills, MI
Date: 2010-06-07
Location: Bordines Nursery, Rochester Hills, MI
Date: 2010-06-07
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-06-23
Received in a 4\" pot
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-05-19
"Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low', 2017, [Catnip], NEP-eh-tuh, 2x2
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-07
Location: In my garden 
Date: 10/6/2011

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
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Comments:
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 28, 2011 1:04 PM concerning plant:
    Walker's Low is my favorite Catmint. Very easy care and never needs watering. Once it starts blooming in the spring it just keeps going until frost.

    Located on the north shore of Nassau County Long Island, NY zone 6/7 were it is humid in the summer.
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on May 18, 2012 1:04 PM concerning plant:
    This is a very long lived perennial in my garden. The best show of flower color is when grown in hot dry conditions.
    After the first flush of bloom it can be cut back by half and will re-bloom, this also keeps it manageable. This plant grows fast and can get floppy.

    Cats : This plant is the same family as catnip (Nepeta cataria) I have four and they never bother this plant till I cut it then it is of some interest for a couple days.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 24, 2014 4:39 PM concerning plant:
    Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) 'Walker's Low' produces abundant lavender blue blossoms throughout the growing season. Bees love catmint blossoms, and cats may cozy up to it as well. 'Walker's Low' will grow 2 to 2.5 feet tall. Does well in medium to dry soils. It enjoys sun, although it may do best with some afternoon shade in hot southern climates.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 3:59 PM concerning plant:
    The small white Sulfur Butterflies love these flowers.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 7, 2012 12:35 AM concerning plant:
    PPA Plant of the Year 2007
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