Agastache 'Apache Sunset' is a first-year flowering perennial. It blooms in about 16 weeks from seed, so it can also be grown as an annual. Hardy in zones 5-10.
height 24" spacing 18"
Agastache (Giant Hyssop) Seeds
Agastache is a genus of perennial plants with fragrant foliage and colorful flowers that attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Drought tolerant.
Sowing Agastache Seeds
Start agastache seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Barely cover the seeds with soil. Full sun. Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' is a terrific hummingbird flower. It has silver-green, fragrant foliage and peachy-apricot, tubular flowers. It blooms continuously from June to September. Agastache 'Apricot Sprite' blooms the first year from seed, and it can be grown as an annual in containers. Hardy in zones 5-10.
height 18" spacing 18"
Agastache aurantiaca 'Tango' has fiery orange flowers from midsummer to fall. The tubular flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The gray-green foliage is pleasantly fragrant.
Agastache 'Tango' was introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2011. It blooms the first year from seed. Hardy in zones 5-10.
height 14" spacing 14"
Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset'
(Licorice Mint, Sunset Hyssop)
25 seeds $3.75
Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite'
(Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop)
30 seeds $3.25
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Agastache aurantiaca 'Tango'
(Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop)
25 seeds $3.25
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' is a unique, gold-leaved variety of anise hyssop. The tall stems are topped with lavender-blue flowers from midsummer to fall. This is the only seed-grown perennial that I know of with leaves of this color. It's useful for adding chartreuse foliage to container gardens. Best of all, it blooms the first year from seed. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 5-10.
height 30" spacing 12"
Agastache rugosa 'Golden Jubilee'
(Anise Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum)
50 seeds $3.75
Agastache rugosa 'Korean Zest'
100 seeds $3.00
Agastache rugosa 'Korean Zest' is compact and bushy with spikes of violet-blue flowers from July to September. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. The licorice-mint flavored leaves can be used for teas and recipes that call for mint.
Agastache 'Korean Zest' self sows where it's happy. Hardy in zones 5-9.
height 20" spacing 15"
Agastache pallida x rugosa 'Globetrotter' (Globe Hyssop)
35 seeds $3.25
Agastache 'Globetrotter' is a first-year flowering perennial with bottlebrush spikes of lilac-pink flowers that have carmine-red bracts. The tall flowers are good for cutting and great for bee forage. The fragrant, minty leaves are edible. Agastache 'Globetrotter' was bred by Brian Kabbes in the Netherlands and introduced in 2010. It tolerates drought and poor soil. Hardy in zones 6-9.
height 30" spacing 15"
600 seeds $3.00
Agastache foeniculum is a native wildflower that blooms for a long time in summer with tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The licorice-scented leaves make a tasty herbal tea.
Other names include Agastache anisata, Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop, Licorice Mint and Lavender Mint. Hardy in zones 5-10.
height 36" spacing 12"