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Hummingbird Mint Agastache

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Other plants called Hummingbird Mint:

Phonetic Spelling
ah-GAH-sta-kee
Description

Giant Hyssop is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family of which most are native to North America and many from the southwest. They are showy, fragrant, long-blooming perennials with spikes of flowers that bloom most of the summer. Colors range from white to blue and shades of red and purple. Giant Hyssops are essential for a pollinator-friendly garden and have excellent resistance to browsing deer and rabbits. They are also heat and drought tolerant.

Well-drained soils are essential for this plant and wet winter feet in poorly drained soil will do them in. Plant in a raised bed or container if you have heavy soil. Use in a pollinator garden, rock garden or naturalized areas.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Acapulco Orange', 'Acapulco Red', 'Astello Indigo', 'Black Adder', 'Blue Boa', 'Blue Fortune', 'Firebird', 'Purple Haze', 'TNAGAPO'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#sun#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#summer flowers#native#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Acapulco Orange', 'Acapulco Red', 'Astello Indigo', 'Black Adder', 'Blue Boa', 'Blue Fortune', 'Firebird', 'Purple Haze', 'TNAGAPO'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#sun#showy flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#summer flowers#native#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agastache
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds.
    Edibility:
    Leaves can be used in teas
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Upright spikes of tubular, two-lipped flowers at the stem tips in summer. Colors are blue, reds, pinks and white.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Most have toothed lance-shaped green leaves. Size varies with the species.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    Square green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits