Agastache - Hyssop
(Agastache sp.) Agastache is a tender perennial herb of the mint family. The colorful flowers of agastache are a favorite of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The drought-tolerant plants enjoy a sunny location and thrive in low-fertility soils. Start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, keeping seeds moist, and transplant out after last chance of frost has passed. Alternatively you can surface sow seeds outdoors after last frost. Space plants 12-14 inches apart. Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F. Agastache is a carefree perennial in USDA zones 4-10, but plants require well-drained soil in order to overwinter. It has a variety of medicinal uses, and it is rich in antioxidants.
Perennial. Think Anise Hyssop with a twist. This variety blooms in clear pink rather than the more usual lavender-purple. Incredibly free flowering on compact plants bloom early summer right through to hard frost, and the bees, butterflies and, hummingbirds love it!
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 7-16 Days
- Seed Depth: Surface Sow
- Ideal Temperature: 68 F
- Plant Spacing: 12"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Agastache hybrida
Growing Tips: Tender perennial. Surface sow, pressing seeds into the soil. Will transplant easily at any age or direct sow after danger of frost. Prefers full sun and sandy, moist, well-drained loam soil.
(Agastache rugosa) Also known as purple giant hyssop. Chartreuse, golden foliage and heavy scent makes this an award winning perennial.. This easy, adaptable perennial is attractive to pollinators and makes a lovely anise flavored tea. The purple blooms add brush strokes of color to the perennial border all summer long. Plants average 2 feet tall and will be covered in oodles of butterflies and bees; goldfinches also love the seeds.
(Agastache pallidiflora) Aromatic perrenial with phenomenal minty, rose fragrance. Prepare for a super long season of heavenly scented blooms. This agastache will set flowers in June that last until September, beckoning pollinators and beneficials from across the animal kingdom! The irresistible blooms are lavender-rose colored and add drifts of soft color and heady scent to landscapes. The carefree plants thrive in poor, dry ground.
(Agastache cana) Tidy half-hardy perennial that is aromatic and attractive to pollinators. Plants fill the air with minty fragrance; the pretty spike flowers are popular for arranging. This dynamic landscape plant is easy to grow, adds long season color and grows in neat clumps that do not spread or take over. Hardy from zones 6a-9b. Pollinators are drawn to its fragrance, and hummingbirds cannot resist the flowers! This plant can be dried for making tea and is also used to make a mosquito repelling oil.
(Agastache aurantiaca) Delicious minty-citrus tea plant; a must in the herb garden and kitchen! Southwest native perennial that is irresistible to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other beneficials. Agastache Navajo Sunset wafts an incredible citrus scent; the open airy plants produce beautiful orange blooms. Ideal for xeriscape gardens, this variety is water thrifty and thrives in poor soil. Plants reach 28 inches tall and 30 inches wide, great for the perennial border or for the tea garden!