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Nepeta racemosa - 'Walkers Low' (Catnip, Nepeta)

Nepeta racemosa - 'Walkers Low' (Catnip, Nepeta)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Culinary, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer early), Grey Foliage
Care Medium - high - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Nepeta racemosa Description

Nepeta is a useful spreading herbaceous plant is ideally suited to the front of the border or at the edge of a path. It is well suited to planting among herbs and mixes well with herbaceous planting. Its scented foliage is much loved by cats and its blossom will attract bees.


Nepeta racemosa - Cultivation Notes

Catmint will not tolerate wet cold soils, so plant in any well drained garden soil in a sunny dry spot. Trim back after flowering and cut back hard to the ground in the autumn.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Nepeta racemosa:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Nepeta racemosa

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Nepeta racemosa:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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Common Missspellings: Nipeta, Nepeter, Nepiter

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