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Hummingbird Mint Agastache 'Blue Fortune'

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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. 

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.

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#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:
    Cross between a USA native and Korean plant
    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:
    Annual
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    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, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    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:
    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
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Rabbits