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AGASTACHE 'Blue Fortune'

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James Burghardt

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AGASTACHE 'Blue Fortune'

Plant Common Name

Anise Hyssop, Blue Fortune Giant Hyssop, Blue Hyssop

General Description

Blue fortune hyssop is a popular hardy perennial that is easy to grow and moderately drought tolerant. This strongly aromatic member of the mint family has an upright habit and downy, medium green, licorice-scented leaves. From mid to late summer, tall stems topped with dense spikes of lavender-blue flowers appear. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies, this plant will continue blooming into fall if deadheaded. Blue fortune hyssop is tolerant of poor soils and an excellent choice for sunny mixed borders and informal wildflower gardens. It can also be dried and used to make herbal tea.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Width

    12"-28" / 30.5cm - 71.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No