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Hummingbird Mint Agastache 'Blue Fortune'

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Other plants called Hummingbird Mint:

Phonetic Spelling
ah-GAH-sta-kee
Description

'Blue Fortune' is a blue Agastache with fragrant flowers and leaves in the mint family. Plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soils. It is tolerant of dry soils and heat once established but it will not tolerate heavy clay or poorly draining soils. It will do well in a raised bed or on a slope to help increase drainage. 

Flowers are showy and fragrant appearing summer through fall and will be covered in pollinators all day. Deadhead flowers to promote more bloom. Mass plant in a perennial border, along a walkway or near a patio to enjoy the minty-licorice fragrance. It also works well in a cottage garden, butterfly garden or cutting garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:   No serious problems.  Leaf spot, powdery mildew, and rust are occasional problems.  Poorly drained soils will lead to crown rot.

More information on Agastache.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Vegetable Garden and Pollinator Plants Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#container plant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#blue flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#fall interest#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#flower arrangements#summer flowers#deer resistant#long bloom time#potpourri#borders#hairy leaves#mid-summer flowers#sensory garden#walkway planting#patio planting#bird friendly#dry soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#container plant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#blue flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#fall interest#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#flower arrangements#summer flowers#deer resistant#long bloom time#potpourri#borders#hairy leaves#mid-summer flowers#sensory garden#walkway planting#patio planting#bird friendly#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agastache
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Leaves can be used in teas or potpourri
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid of USA and Asian plants
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, birds, and bees.
    Edibility:
    Leaves are used to flavor cold drinks.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Dry nutlet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny lavender blue two-lipped tubular flowers packed in in a spike of 2'-4' tall in rounded whorls. Fragrant, showy and long-lasting.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Good Dried
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Gray-green, opposite, ovate lanceolate, hairy leaves below with serrate margins, licorice scent. Leaves used in tea or potpourri.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    Stiff square stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Rabbits