Agastache Desert Solstice

Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint

 
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The flower spikes of Agastache Desert Solstice (Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint) are remarkable for their fullness, large size, and exotic colorization. The plant is like a semi-dwarf form of our best selling 'Desert Sunrise' but with more flowers. A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
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 Late summer to fall
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. More shipping info Learn More…
SKU HBLHUXX

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32-36" tall x 18" wide. Agastache Desert Solstice (Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint) has remarkable flower spikes, noted for their fullness, large size, and exotic colorization. A mix of orange and pink calyxes (tubular flowers) give the flower spikes a stunning mauve glow in the late afternoon sun. Agastache Desert Solstice is like a semi-dwarf form of our best selling 'Desert Sunrise' but with more flowers. This perennial plant has excellent cold hardiness and a sweet herbal aroma in the leaves and flowers. Grow it best in poor, fast draining soils with plenty of sunlight and not too much water. (Cutting propagated.)
Associated SKUs
HBLHUXX
11833P (Plant - 5" deep pot)
HBLHU09 (Plant - Flat of 9)
Common Name Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint
Botanical Name Agastache Desert Solstice
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Orange
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type 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 Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
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.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 5, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensAgastache Desert Solstice
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (20)
  • Healthy (20)
  • Hardy (18)
  • Accurate instructions (11)
  • Fragrant (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (17)
  • Outdoors (12)
  • Patio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (14), Master gardener (3)
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    • Personal (19)

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5.0

Beautiful plants!

By 

from Durango, CO

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

    Planted three of these last summer. They stayed pretty small all season, even with regular watering. However, this summer they are full of flowers and stand almost three feet tall. They seem hardy, happy, and strong.

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    4.0

    I would recommend these to a friend.

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    from Reno, NV.

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

      Planted in front yard where keeping with xerioscape theme. So far looking that they will go well with other plants.

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      5.0

      A good value

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      from Brighton, CO

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

        I planted this one, Desert Solstice, in a pollinator-friendly bed I have, near two other Sinning Sonoran Sunset hyssops. Desert Solstice is out-performing it's neightbors! Compared to Sonoran Sunset, Desert Solstice had deeper colored flowers (pink'ish-mauve) and it's lasting later in the season. The size is very similar. If the two varieties weren't right next to each other, the difference wouldn't be as noticeable as Sonoran Sunset is a plenty fine plant; however, Desert Solstice is my favorite due to the longer-lasting, richer and deeper in color, more dense flowers.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great, fast grower

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        from Falcon, CO

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Rock garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

          I live near a Colorado plains region, with drying, high winds, unpredictable weather, and not-so-great, clay soil. I added about 1/3 sand to the planting hole, with a little bit of organic fertilizer. I planted this agastache in April, and it has already (in late July) quadrupled in size with lots of beautiful blooms, and no sign of slowing down. I'm very pleased with this tough plant.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The hummingbirds' favorite plant!

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          from Smith Valley, NV

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Fragrant
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

            Wow! The hummingbirds fight over this one! Ordered another since they don't want to share. Blooms more and for a longer period than any other agastaches that I have. I recommend this one highly! Very easy to grow, too.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tough, Colorful, and Easy - A Perfect Perennial

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            from Las Cruces, NM

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

              Wow! I planted this against a southern wall exposed to the full non-stop southern New Mexico sun all summer long. It loved it! These plants arrived in good condition as always, and quickly adapted to their new home. Within 4 weeks they grew from 4 inches high to about 3 feet, bearing lots of beautiful vibrant pink blooms. Full disclosure: because their location is such a hell strip, I do irrigate 3 times a week, so that may have helped their performance. Buy it. I'm ordering more in the spring.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Blooming already??!!?? :)

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              from Kanab, Southern Utah

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Quick transplant recovery

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Against sunny rocks
                • Garden
                • Habitat garden
                • Hot and sunny spot
                • In poor soil
                • Outdoors
                • Patio

                Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                I ordered this plant less than a month ago. Of course it took a few days to arrive and get planted. AND IT IS ALREADY BLOOMING?!?! I can hardly believe it! I planted late September and it's not even mid October yet.
                I put it in one of the harshest spots in our zone 7 high desert yard: in unamended soil, against a blazing hot, south facing wall that gets pummeled by galeforce, drying winds. I never got around to mulching and barely watered. Just to give you an idea of how inhospitable the planting site is, there were no native plants growing for several feet around. Not even tumbleweeds thought it worth the while! The soil was completely bare.
                I planted at dusk and made a small well for the plant, to try and retain moisture a little bit.
                There wasn't even any die back in the leaves after being transplanted. This plant is the definition of hardy!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent plant

                By 

                from Langley, WA

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Great hummingbird plant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                  One of the very best agastache varieties with continuous bloom and more compact than A. 'Ava' with same flower color. Would choose this one over 'Ava' for smaller size (2' ht.). ('Ava' grows to 4-5' & is rangy) Hummers favorite plant.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My Texas Garden

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                  from `Texas

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Healthy
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                    As a senior I have been gardening for some years but am new to the Southwest and its needs in plants. I knew that cactus and agave would grow, but I really am used to flowers all summer and well into the fall. I found out very soon that the plants I used to grow did not like the dryness and heat so.... I fund High Country Gardens and you have been the best in setting me in the right direction with flowers. These are just perfect for the yard even my neighbor has fallen for these and the hummers don't hurt to make a show. The plants are healthy, hardy and just take off growing when placed in the ground. Thanks so much

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                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    If you buy one xeric hummingbird plant - this is it!

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                    from Klamath Falls, Oregon

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Long Blooming
                    • Robust

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Xeric Garden

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                      I have used this plant very successfully over the last 10 years at three residences in Reno, NV, Cedarville, CA, and Klamath Falls, Oregon. It is persistent (some of my plants are 10 years old) and long blooming with gorgeous, robust flower stalks. It is my go-to plant for hummingbirds as they fight over these plants all summer. I have tried other varieties and this is still my favorite.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Luv this Plant

                      By 

                      from Fort Smith Arkansas Area

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Bee Friendly
                      • Butterfly Attractive
                      • Fragrant
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy
                      • Hummingbird Attractive
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                        This plant is a great little grower.. grew real fast.. Is now a compact plant due to temps in our area.. Excited to see what it does when temps warm back up.. May need to order more of them!!!

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Agastache Desert Good Plant for Arkansas

                        By 

                        from Fort Smith Arkansas area

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Bee Friendly
                        • Cold Hardy
                        • Fragrant
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy
                        • Hummingbirds Butterflies

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Outdoors
                          • Patio

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                          This is a good little plant, it is small in stature right now as has been cold in our area.. It was a great grower when I received it.. I am excited to see it sprout up from it's compactness when it gets warmer

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                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A Hummingbird Magnet!

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                          from Longmont, Colorado

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Attractive
                          • Focal Point
                          • Fragrant
                          • Great Habitat Plant
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy
                          • Hummingbird Favorite
                          • Reliable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • No Cons To This Plant

                          Best Uses

                          • Around Pond
                          • Garden
                          • Native Habitat Landscape
                          • Outdoors
                          • Patio
                          • Potted Plant

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                          One of my favorite Hummingbird plants for my habitat landscape! It's beautiful, smells wonderful, and Hummingbirds and Butterflies are drawn to it. It's like a beacon in the garden. I have landscaped three habitat yards with it, putting it in both the xeriscape native landscaping and planting it around my ponds.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very lovely!

                          By 

                          from Mountainside, NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Fragrant
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                            This agastache is ethereal but tidy, uniformly shaped, and long blooming. It looked lovely until I had to cut it down for winter.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love it!

                            By 

                            from Los Angeles

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors
                              • Patio

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                              It is beautiful as well as drought tolerant, a perfect combination for my Southern California garden.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Another terrific agastache

                              By 

                              from Bath, ME

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Fragrant
                              • Healthy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden

                                Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                                This is my second agastache in the Desert line. We planted it in the spring and even in its first season, it looked lovely. Wonderful color and shape and terrific scent.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Not my first

                                By 

                                from El Dorado Kansas

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Garden
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                                  Not my first of your agastache. Have had many in the past. Love them all. Does well even in part shade. Hummingbirds love it too.

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                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing plant

                                  By 

                                  from Southern Missouri

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive
                                  • Butterfly And Bee Magnet
                                  • Butterfly Magnet
                                  • Fragrant
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Healthy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gorgeous Perennial
                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                                    I popped this in the ground near my vegetable garden and it attracts beneficial insects like crazy. It's very un-fussy, reliable, and grew to be an enormous 3-foot plant. When it flowered it was absolutely gorgeous and remained that way for months. Agastaches are becoming one my favorite plants. They're beautiful, hardy, and have a wonderful scent.

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Love this plant; have had it in gardens past and now.

                                    By 

                                    from South Jordan, Utah

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive
                                    • Fragrant
                                    • Hardy
                                    • Healthy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Garden

                                      Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                                      Thank you for the beautiful replacement plants just sent. I anticipate that the agastache will thrive.

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                                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great for pollinators

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                                      from Marlborough, MA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Attractive
                                      • Beautiful
                                      • Fragrant
                                      • Good For Pollinators
                                      • Great Scent
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden

                                        Comments about High Country Gardens Agastache Desert Solstice:

                                        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.

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                                        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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