Agastache rupestris

Licorice Hummingbird Mint (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/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Mature Plant Size 36-42" tall , 18" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer to fall
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SKUHC017318

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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1997 Plant Select Winner Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop/Sunset 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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SKU
HC017318
Ships To Canada
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Common Name
Licorice Hummingbird Mint (Sunset Hyssop)
Botanical Name
Agastache rupestris
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink, Orange
Height
36 inches
Mature Height
36-42" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Early - Mid Summer, Mid - Late Summer, Early - Mid Fall
Bloom Time
Early summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
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
Easy to Grow, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Great for Mass Plantings
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
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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