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AGASTACHE 'Heather Queen'

Image of Agastache 'Heather Queen'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AGASTACHE 'Heather Queen'

Plant Common Name

Heather Queen Hyssop, Hybrid Hyssop

General Description

Everblooming and richly colored, the fragrant hybrid hyssop ‘Heather Queen’ is a delight to hummingbirds and butterflies and will boost the color level in any sunny summer garden. This compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial produces dense upright clusters of rose-pink tubular flowers. It begins blooming in early summer and will continue up until frost if regularly deadheaded. Like most Agastache, its small, soft green leaves are aromatic when crushed.

Full sun is required for best flowering and performance and average soil will suffice but well-drained, slightly alkaline, loam is preferred. Beware wet, heavy, clay soils as these will cause root and crown rot, particularly in winter. One of the biggest perks of this everblooming perennial is that it’s remarkably heat and drought tolerant once established and will shine when many other plants in the garden are flagging. ‘Heather Queen’ self-sows gently but the variable offspring will not be true to parent.

This is one of the best ornamentals for hot summer sun. It’s so tough, it’s almost sustainable. Just let nature do its thing. Plant it in any sunny flower garden, container planting or hummingbird garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    10"-20" / 25.4cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • 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, Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes