Agastache

bob_71(z7 MD)June 29, 2011

One of the favorite nectaring plants in my garden. Constantly in bloom from early summer 'til late fall. The abundance of blooms allows it to keep a crowd of butterflies and bees all day long. Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a light blue...I also grow Agastache 'Cotton Candy' for the first time this year. A bit too early to predict the comparitive qualities between the two. Usually has multiple butterflies nectaring at the same time. Thanks for taking a look.

Bob

New Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache foeniculum 'Anise hyssop'

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msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)

Very lovely. Do the flowers have any type of perfume to attract, or do the butterflies recognize through color or some other way?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 10:01AM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Agastache foeniculum is native to North America. Then I saw it is not native to Ohio :( I then found that some Agastache is native to Ohio so I'll have to do a little more research on which would be useful to me.

Thanks for the heads-up.

KC

Here is a link that might be useful: Agastache foeniculum

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 11:45AM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

MsMorningSong, The Agastaches are strongly fragrant. As a matter of fact, they are commonly referred to as "hummingbird mints". I usually see hummingbirds daily on these and other plants in my butterfly garden.

Bob

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 7:28AM
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spaceman13(6b)

Great pics Bob!
I have "Apache Sunset" a peach colored cultivar that I moved in spring to a sunnier spot. They are growing MUCH bigger, and are just starting to bloom.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 7:59AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

As usual, great pics Bob!
Is Agastache the same thing as "hyssop"?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:03AM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Catherinet, Agastache is a genus of about a dozen species, one of which...Agastache foeniculum is the one that is referred to as Giant, or Anise, Hyssop.

Bob

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 11:20AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks Bob,
I have some stachys "pink cotton candy" and "hummelo". They look alot like Agastache. Are they somehow related?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 11:46AM
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jilliebean9700(7a)

beautiful. i want one but most say they dont do well in clay-does anyone know of a cultivar that will thrive in nc clay soils??

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 12:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Jilliebean, I grow agastache (which I call bee-sicles) in our hard, red clay soil with great success. We've had some in the ground for 5 years, bigger and better each year. It is important that the soil drains reasonably well, though. Even clay soil can be terrific for growing all kinds of plants.

I wish I could remember the variety, but I can't. I'm sorely tempted to order some of the pinkish ones this year.

I keep some cut back so that the bloom period will last longer but I just HAVE to let some of it go to seed. It's something else to see those plants covered up with feeding gold finches.

Catherinet, stachys and agastache are in the same plant family, Lamiaceae/Labiatae (the mints).

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 1:23PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Beautiful pictures, Bob!
Hmmmm..... so agastache can be grown in Rhizo's part of Alabama.
'Wonder if it will thrive in the Gulf Coastal Southeast?
Sherry

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 1:36PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks rhizo.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 2:25PM
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jilliebean9700(7a)

i will have to give them a try then i guess.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 3:09PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

I'm in zone 5. Sometimes they overwinter and sometimes they don't. They also seem to get mildew easily. They also attracted some new bugs. I forget the names of them...something like 5 or 9-spotted beetles. I'm growing them in more sunshine now and they seem to like that better. I wish they would come back every year. They're really great.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 3:36PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm in Northern Alabama, not too far from the Tennessee border, if that helps.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 4:19PM
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