agastache

A sizable genus of sun loving, drought tolerant perennials that offers a variety of sensations to the late summer garden.  Agastache provide delightlfully fragrant foliage, coloful spikes of blooms summer to fall that delight the hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and gardener alike. 

Imagine you are peacefully sitting enjoying the beauty of your garden, drinking some refreshing beverage and out of nowhere a hummingbird buzzes right by your ear and stops to drink from an orange flower spike of an Agastache.

The iridescent green back and ruby throat of the hummingbird glitter for a fleeting moment, and then it is gone again, off to another nectar source.  This nectar also attracts bees, butterflies and other helpful pollinators.

Planting Agastache, also called Giant hyssop or Mexican hyssop, brings this kind of summer excitement to the garden. Agastache is a great summer to fall garden bloomer that fits well in the herb garden, containers or perennial border.

Long spikes of whorled flowers that range in color from white, orange, pink, mauve, and purple set against green to gray-green aromatic foliage are spectacularly attractive to hummingbirds and other beneficial garden insects.

Agastache love full sun with excellent drainage to prevent them from rotting out over our wet winters, and grow anywhere from 18 in. to 6 ft tall. Some species of Agastache, such as A. foeniculum (Anise hyssop), are also used in herbal medicines and teas. In addition to the various species, there are also many great cultivars and hybrids with a range of plant sizes and flower colors that would be great additions to any garden.

 

Agastache 'Licorice Candy'

Agastache 'Licorice Candy'

This lovely Agastache was developed locally by Van Hevelingen Nursery in Newberg, Oregon. All proceeds of its sale go to benefit the research of Alzheimer's research.

A stunning perennial reaching 3-4' tall 24-36" wide. Clear pink flowers summer to fall. Delicious licorice scented foliage and edible flowers. Hardy to zone 6.

Agastache foeniculum 'Anise Hyssop'

Agastache foeniculum
Anise Hyssop

Agastache from north-central North America grows 18 in. to 4 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide with lilac-blue flowers. The foliage is anise, or licorice scented and used to make tea.

This species is more tolerant of winter wet and cold than other species. It also blooms the first year when planted from seed and will reseed freely. Zones 8-10.

Agastache mexicana 'Sangria'
Giant Mexican Lemon Hyssop

Masses of crimson pink flowers set this Agastache apart with lemon scented foliage used in tea or as a flavoring. Native to Mexico, it grows 3-4 ft. up to 5 ft. tall and 12 in. wide.

Cultivars of this species have flower colors such as salmon pink, rose pink, and orange from spring through fall. Zones 7-10.

Agastache rugosa
Korean Hummingbird Mint, Wrinkled Giant Hyssop

From China and Japan, this species of Agastache grows 4-5 ft. tall with branching stems that make it shrubbier than other species. The leaves are three inches long and sticky with flower spikes up to four inches long in pink or purplish-blue.

The foliage is licorice-scented and glossy-green with a purplish tinge. Zones 4-24.

Agastache rupestris - Licorice Mint, Sunset Hysso

Agastache rupestris
Licorice Mint, Sunset Hyssop

Native to southern Arizona and northern Mexico, Agastache rupestris grows to 2 ½ ft tall and 18 in. wide. It has narrow fragrant gray-green leaves with spikes of orange flowers with lavender calyxes.

This is a great garden plant. Zones 1-24.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot