This lovely plant is sometimes referred to
as Anise Hyssop or Hummingbird Mint. Agastache's aromatic foliage and bottlebrush like
flower spikes fill the air with a mint fragrance that is irresistible to both hummers and
butterflies. Plants are very quick to establish themselves in the garden and are
wonderful additions to the perennial border. Agastache shrugs off summers heat and
will tolerate dry locations that prove to be difficult for many other perennials.
The gorgeous flower spikes first begin to appear in early summer and continue through mid
to late fall. Plant Agastache in full sun in a rich, well drained, soil and get out
of the way -- crowds of hummingbirds and butterflies will be swarming to your garden
soon. Plants are clump forming so they don't spread or take over. Clumps should be
divided every 3-4 years and division is best done in late fall or very early spring.
(Learn more about dividing perennials)
>>Agastache is considered by The Hummingbird Society
as one of the Top 10 plants for attracting hummingbirds.
Propagation: seed and division
Problems: if not given enough sun the plant may suffer
Notes: May need extra winter protection in the colder areas of zone
5. Add extra layer of mulch or compost in early winter.