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Nepeta racemosa (Catmint)

Catmint, Persian Catmint (Nepeta Racemosa)


Known as Persian Catmint, Nepeta racemosa is a truly gifted perennial that deserves a spot in any garden. Native to southwestern Asia, it forms attractive spreading clumps of ascending, upright stems, richly covered with white, blue or purple flower spikes and held above a strongly aromatic, gray-green foliage.

  • Benefiting from a long-lasting blooming season from spring to fall, it is resilient to most pests and diseases, dear repellent, drought resistant, attracts hummingbirds and is easy to care for.
  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: in the front of the perennial border, in rock gardens or in naturalistic plantings. It is also great for edging beds or paths and even as a ground cover!

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Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low' - Denise Dering Design

  • A full sun or part sun lover, it thrives in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Dry soils are welcomed!
  • If you are looking for a ground-covering carpet, here are some compact cultivars: 'Little Titch' with pale lavender flowers. 10 in. tall (25 cm);' Snowflake' with creamy-white flowers. 12 in. tall (30 cm); 'Blue Wonders' with lavender-blue flowers. 18 in. tall (45 cm). 'Walker's Low' features massive lavender-blue blooms. Up to 30 in. tall (75 cm), its noteworthy qualities have earned it many awards, including the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (2012) and Perennial Plant of the Year (2007).
  • Shear flower spikes after flowering to encourage new blooms.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Nepeta - Catmints
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Nepeta - Catmints
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer
Fall
Height 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2' (30cm - 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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