Agastache rupestris

Licorice Mint or Sunset Hyssop

Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) is one of the best, most durable species in the Agastache family. With smoky orange flowers held by lavender calyxes, the entire plant is scented like licorice and mint. A 1996 High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant native perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
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SKU HBL5DXX

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1997 Plant Select Winner 36-42" tall x 18" wide. Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) is a superior perennial enjoyed in the garden for its spicy fragrance, uniquely colored flowers and finely textured foliage. This western native is also a superb hummingbird plant attracting them for several months with its nectar-rich flowers. Like lavender, it is an indispensable perennial for water-thrifty gardens. Agastache rupestris loves a hot, sunny position in well-drained soil. Keep an eye out for the hummingbirds when this plant is in bloom. Its nectar-rich flowers are unsurpassed in bringing hummingbirds into your garden. (Seed propagated.)
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HBL5DXX
11825R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
11825 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Licorice Mint or Sunset Hyssop
Botanical Name Agastache rupestris
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink, Orange, Silver
Mature Height 36-42" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for growing Agastache

Agastache are sun loving plants with aromatic foliage and flowers. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and are resistant to rabbits and deer.

Agastache need lean, well-drained soils, prefer gravel mulches, and appreciate deep but infrequent watering after their second growing season

  1. Provide a fast draining soil that's naturally low in fertility, Don't plant into clay soils.
  2. Plant in full hot sun.
  3. Just a few handfuls of compost in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly amended soil..
  4. Fertilize the Agastache just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Watering can be reduced greatly during the second growing season when the plants have matured.

To improve winter-hardiness, and encourage re-seeding, leave the stems intact over the winter. In mid-spring, remove old stems just above the new foliage, about 4 or 5 inches above ground level.

If your conditions don't lend themselves to growing Agastache in your garden, they do well planted in containers.

More in-depth guidance for growing Agastache: Agastache Growing Tips, Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part 1, and Agastache: Super-Stars of the Perennial World Part II.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

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    (3)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Healthy (10)
  • Hardy (9)
  • Fragrant (8)
  • Accurate instructions (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (12)
  • Outdoors (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic plant

Impossible not to like the mint hyssops. Every variety that I've tried is a winner. Rapid growers, blooms from June to October. Hummers love it. See photo of broadtail hummer feeding.

Impossible not to like the mint hyssops. Every variety that I've tried is a winner. Rapid growers, blooms from June to October. Hummers love it. See photo of broadtail hummer feeding.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unfortunate experience

The plants arrived with strong root systems, but weak and spindly top growth... they looked like they were very young and didn't travel well in the heat. Long story short - they...Read complete review

The plants arrived with strong root systems, but weak and spindly top growth... they looked like they were very young and didn't travel well in the heat. Long story short - they all eventually died. The phone operator said they would all come back from the roots, so I felt like I was not going to get help.

I have bougth seeds from you, but will not buy plants again.

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5.0

Favorite

By 

from ID

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

    Flower bed

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    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful and fragrant

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    from Pendleton, OR

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Lawn
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

      This plant was perfect for my xeric garden and performed flawlessly through a scorching summer clear through the fall. Highly recommended.

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      • Personal

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic plant

      By 

      from Boulder, CO

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

      Impossible not to like the mint hyssops. Every variety that I've tried is a winner. Rapid growers, blooms from June to October. Hummers love it. See photo of broadtail hummer feeding.

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      • Personal
       
      4.0

      Agastache

      By 

      from Lakewood, CO

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

        Very pleased with this plant. It was easy to grow and looks great in our garden.

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        • Personal

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love this stuff

        By 

        from Coffeyville, KS

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pool Area

          Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

          Use this around a yard light in area difficult to water. Once established, it can go all of a long hot Kansas summer with out any more than an occasional summer shower. Also use it in raised flower beds. Enjoy the fragrance when brushing up against as I work in beds. It's pretty, smells wonderful and is tough enough to handle dry hot summer winds and still look great,

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          • Personal

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Nothing Lived

          By 

          from Orlando Florida

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • They All Died

              Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

              they just did not grow. Don't know why

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              • Personal

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hummingbird magnet

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              from Columbus, OH

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                Beautiful shorter (2+') hummingbird mint. Very attractive to the hummingbirds. Fairly hardy in Central Ohio. Not long-lived, but dividing extends life.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic, one of my favorites

                By 

                from Fort Washington, MD

                About Me Professional Landscaper

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Attracts Humming Birds
                • Drought tolerant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Long Bloom Season
                • Not Bothered By Animals
                • Tolerates Part Shade

                Cons

                • Sometimes Finicky To Star

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                Agastache Rupestris is a beautiful garden plant with fragrant foliage and abundant flowers. Hummingbirds are very attracted to it, and it is not bothered by other animals. It performs well in the DC area. It has survived our recent very cold winters, even in my poor, clay soil.

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                • Personal

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautful flowers

                By 

                from Marlborough, MA

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Beautiful
                • Fragrant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                  I have these flowers at the front of my house on a busy street and often get compliments on them and asked what they are.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Subtle beauty

                  By 

                  from Beacon NY

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Delicate Filler
                  • Fragrant
                  • Grey Green Foliage
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Very Long Blooming

                  Cons

                  • Only Lived 2-3 Years

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                  - perfect in-fill plant
                  - long lasting blooms
                  - unusual grey green licorice scented foliage

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not good

                  By 

                  from albuquerque, NM

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Small In Size

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                      This plant is the tiniest most unhealthy plant I've ever received. Basically, it looks dead and I know it had to look that way when shipped. It is the size of a tiny marble. But brown. I have come to realize your plants ship quite small but if I give them a year, they tend to grow. This will not be the case with this one --will be definitely getting my money back.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great plant

                      By 

                      from MA

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive
                      • Fragrant
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Attracts Hummingbirds
                        • Garden

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                        This plant has a long bloom time which makes it a great plant in the garden.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        love this plant

                        By 

                        from central oregon

                        About Me Master Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Fragrant
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                          I used it in a grouping with russian sage behind.
                          Was a little slow to get going but by late summer was spectacular.
                          This year has come out of winter very strong.

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                          • Personal

                          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Unfortunate experience

                          By 

                          from woodland, ca

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Small In Size

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                            The plants arrived with strong root systems, but weak and spindly top growth... they looked like they were very young and didn't travel well in the heat. Long story short - they all eventually died. The phone operator said they would all come back from the roots, so I felt like I was not going to get help.

                            I have bougth seeds from you, but will not buy plants again.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I love this plant!!

                            By 

                            from Alabaster, AL

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Beautiful
                            • Fragrant
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors
                              • Patio
                              • Pool Area

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                              I put these in a large pot on our deck. They are beautiful, smell great, and the Hummers love them!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great flowers

                              By 

                              from Charleston, SC

                              Pros

                              • Bright

                              Cons

                              • small

                              Best Uses

                              • Front yard

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache rupestris:

                              I love these flowers!

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                              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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