Agastache aurantiaca Apricot Sprite

Apricot Sprite Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop)

Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' (Apricot Sprite Hyssop) provides a sizzling blast of bright orange flowers during the heat mid-to-late summer. An outstanding perennial for attracting hummingbirds with brilliant fragrance. A great container plant; grow it as an annual if it is outside your growing zone.
Zones 6 - 9
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Low Maintenance
Adds Movement
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size 15-18" tall , 24" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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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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Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' (Apricot Sprite Hyssop) is a hummingbird favorite with its apricot-orange flowers that bloom profusely during the heat of mid-to-late summer. An outstanding, low-care perennial, this Agastache blooms for several months and does best with occasional deep watering and very little fertilizer once established. Both the flowers and foliage have an intense mint scent. Bred by Jelitto Seed, Europe’s leading perennial seed company. Likes low fertility and well-drained soil. You can grow Apricot Sprite Hyssop as an annual; it makes a wonderful potted plant that will attract hummingbirds. 15-18" tall x 24" wide.

Flat of 9 plants will cover 18 square feet when planted together

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SKU
HC016082
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Common Name
Apricot Sprite Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop)
Botanical Name
Agastache aurantiaca Apricot Sprite
Zones
6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Orange
Height
18 inches
Mature Height
15-18" tall
Mature Spread
24" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
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
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages
Easy to Grow, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Adds Movement
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Native To
North America
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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