Family: Lamiaceae
type : Perennials
sun exposure : Full Sun, Partial Shade
water : Moderate Water
Plant Details

Summer-blooming perennials with aromatic foliage and whorls of pink, purple, blue, red, or orange flowers in spikelike clusters. All rebloom if deadheaded. Drought tolerant. Favorites with hummingbirds and butterflies. Species from Mexico and the Southwest need excellent drainage, especially in wet-winter areas.

orange hummingbird mint

agastache aurantiaca

  • Zones MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 7-11.
  • Native to northern Mexico.
  • To 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide; pink flowers fade to orange.
  • Can be grown as an annual.
  • Apricot Sprite grows 112 feet tall.
  • Coronado has yellow blooms suffused with orange.

texas hummingbird mint

agastache barberi

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • From Arizona, New Mexico.
  • To 2 feet tall and wide, with reddish purple flowers.

agastache breviflora

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • From Arizona, New Mexico, northern Mexico.
  • To 2 feet tall, 1 feet across; purplish red blossoms.

agastache cana

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Native to Texas, New Mexico.
  • To 23 feet tall, 1 feet across.
  • Blooms heavily, bearing reddish pink flowers that smell like bubble gum.
  • A seed-grown selection, 'Heather Queen', blooms the first year if sown early.
  • Purple Pygmy is compact, just 16 inches tall.

anise hyssop

agastache foeniculum

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • From north-central North America.
  • Erect, narrow plant to 34 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with dense clusters of lilac-blue flowers.
  • Its anise- or licorice-scented leaves make a pleasant tea.
  • Useful and attractive in perennial borders and herb gardens.
  • More tolerant of winter cold and wet than other species.
  • Get Riehl is a hardy selection from the prairie.

giant mexican lemon hyssop

agastache hybrids

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • The following are among the many fine hybrids sold.

Apricot Sprite

  • Grows 23 feet tall, 2 feet wide.
  • Tubular coral flowers set against rose-pink buds.

Apricot Sunrise

  • To 23 feet tall, 23 feet wide.
  • Deep orange flowers fade to apricot on opening.

Black Adder

  • Grows 23 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
  • Red violet flowers may appear black to some.

Blue Boa

  • Grows 23 feet tall and 1 feet wide.
  • Blue-violet spikes are remarkably showy.

Blue Fortune

  • To 3 feet tall, 1 feet wide, with powder-blue flower spikes.

Cotton Candy

  • Grows 2 feet tall and wide, with densely clad spikes of light pink flowers.

Desert Sunrise

  • Tallest of all.
  • Grows to 4 feet with flowers orange, pink, and lavender.


  • To 12 feet tall, 1 feet wide; coppery orange, coral-pink, and red blooms.

Pink Pop

  • 11 feet tall and about 1 feet wide.
  • Pink flowers bloom over silver-green leaves.

Raspberry Summer

  • Grows to 2 feet tall and 12 feet wide with large spikes of dark pink flowers.

Summer Breeze

  • To 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide.
  • Large, lavender-pink flowers; dark gray-green leaves.

Summer Glow

  • Grows to 22 feet tall and 112 feet wide with pale yellow flowers.

Tangerine Dreams

  • Forms a compact, 1- to 2 feet-wide clump; orange flowers, larger and deeper in color than those of 'Apricot Sunrise', top 2- to 3 feet stems.

Tutti Frutti

  • To 34 feet tall, 12 feet wide, with purplish red blooms set off nicely by gray-green foliage.

agastache mexicana

  • Zones CS, TS; USDA 9-11.
  • Rangy Mexican native to 23 feet (possibly to 5 feet.) tall and 1 feet wide.
  • Bears masses of pink flowers, starting in spring and continuing until late fall.
  • Lemon-scented leaves can be used in tea and as a flavoring.
  • Plants in the Acapulco series bear flowers in salmon-pink, rose-pink, and orange.
  • Red Fortune has red flowers; those of 'Sangria' are reddish purple.

korean hummingbird mint

agastache rugosa

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Native to Korea.
  • To 5 feet tall, 2 feet wide.
  • Licorice-scented foliage is glossy green with a purple tinge.
  • Flowers are purplish blue.
  • Like A.foeniculum, tolerates wet winters.
  • Honey Bee Blue and 'Honey Bee White' are compact growers 2212 feet high.
  • Golden Jubilee grows 13 feet tall and wide with lime-green foliage and violet blooms.
  • The species and its selections will bloom the first year from seed sown early.

licorice mint, sunset hyssop

agastache rupestris

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • From southern Arizona, northern Mexico.
  • To 12 feet tall and 1 feet wide, with threadlike, gray-green leaves and spikes of orange flowers with lavender calyxes.
  • Exceptionally fragrant foliage, with a scent that reminds some of licorice, others of root beer.
  • Outstanding garden performance.
  • Most enduring of these perennials.

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