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Anise Hyssop Agastache coccinea

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Brittonastrum ciccineum
  • Cedronella coccinea
  • Dekinia coccinea
  • Lepechinia coccinea
Phonetic Spelling
ah-GAH-sta-kee kok-SIN-ee-uh
Description

Orange flowered hyssop is an herbaceous perennial member of the mint family that originated in the northwestern part of Mexico. The scientific form of the genus name, Agastache, is based on Greek. Agan means very much and stachys means an ear of wheat. It is thought that the name refers to the shape of the flower spike. The species name is based on the Latin for scarlet. This plant is fairly easy to grow in medium moist well-drained soil. Poor drainage could result in crown or root rot. If you live in a colder area with danger of prolonged periods of frost, leaving the stems on over the winter and dressing with a sandy / gravelly mulch may help to protect the crown. Hybrids may be more tolerant of the cold.

This plant prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. It will grow between two and three feet tall and form a clump up to two feet wide. The small two-lipped tubular flowers appear from June to September. They are showy and fragrant. Deadheading will prolong the blooming period. The plant reseeds readily, however, hybrids will not come true from seed. Division can be used in these cases.

One of the best things about Hyssop as a genus is the licorice or anise scent of the leaves. Just brush against them and the area is filled with the scent. Another plus is its attraction to pollinators and hummingbirds. Deer tend to leave it alone.

Although the plant is fairly problem-free, there can be problems with rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spots.

Plant this plant wherever you are likely to brush against the foliage- along a path, in a pot near the patio or poolside. Its height and showiness make it perfect for mid to back of a sunny border. Use it in a cut flower garden, cottage garden, scented garden, or pollinator garden.

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#showy flowers#drought tolerant#fragrant leaves#cut flowers#orange flowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#flower arrangements#dried flowers#naturalizes#borders#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#early summer flowers#late summer flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#showy flowers#drought tolerant#fragrant leaves#cut flowers#orange flowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#flower arrangements#dried flowers#naturalizes#borders#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#early summer flowers#late summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agastache
    Species:
    coccinea
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The individual flowers of this plant are small, reddish orange in color and fragrant. They are carried in a long, full spike above the stems which makes them very showy. They are tubular in shape with two lips and the pistil extends far beyond the top lip. The shape and color are exactly what hummingbirds are looking for and should attract them to your garden.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Rhomboidal
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    The thin leaves are almost diamond shaped and slightly hairy with serrated edges. They are strongly anise scented and will release the scent at the lightest touch.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The grey-green, lightly scented stem of Agastache coccinea is square in cross-section. The stems are strong and straight. The plant seldom needs staking.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits