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AGASTACHE rugosa 'Honey Bee White'

Image of Agastache rugosa f. albiflora 'Honey Bee White'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AGASTACHE rugosa f. albiflora 'Honey Bee White'

Plant Common Name

Giant White Hyssop, Honeybee White Hyssop

General Description

A. rugosa f. albiflora is an aromatic, erect, herbaceous perennial native to Korea, China and Japan. The compact cultivar 'Honey Bee White' bears spikes of fragrant white flowers in summer and autumn, drawing butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The leaves smell of anise with a hint of peppermint.

This low-maintenance and drought tolerant plant likes well drained soil and full sun. It is an excellent choice for sunny mixed borders and wildlife gardens and does well in containers. 'Honey Bee White' is often grown as an annual, flowering from early summer to frost if sown early. Deadhead for appearance and to prevent self-sowing.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 11

  • 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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes