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Mexican Hyssop Agastache rupestris

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a-GAH-sta-kee ru-PE-stris
Description

Long-lasting blooms on this compact plant attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Its foliage is licorice-scented, which is great to deter deer. This plant, once established, is drought tolerant. The bloom season extends from summer into fall. Does best in a drier climate and may have problems in high humidity areas.

Plant in sandy to rocky soils with very good drainage or in a pot or raised bed. This plant will not survive the winter in wet heavy soils. 

 

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#hummingbirds#drought tolerant#perennials#orange flowers#fall interest#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#bee friendly
 
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#hummingbirds#drought tolerant#perennials#orange flowers#fall interest#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#bee friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agastache
    Species:
    rupestris
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SW USA
    Distribution:
    AZ & NM on cool mountain slopes 5000' to 7000' elevation
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies; deters deer
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer, drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • 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:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Burnt orange tubular 2-lipped flowers with purplish calyxes on a 10-12 inch spike. Blooms all summer. Deadhead for a fall repeat bloom.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are narrow, gray-green, lance to linear shape with a licorice scent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    Square green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought