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AGASTACHE rugosa 'Honey Bee Blue'

Image of Agastache rugosa 'Honey Bee Blue'

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Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AGASTACHE rugosa 'Honey Bee Blue'

Plant Common Name

Giant Hyssop, Honeybee Blue Hyssop

General Description

Agastache rugosa is an aromatic, erect, herbaceous perennial native to Korea, China and Japan. Its cultivar 'Honey Bee Blue' bears spikes of pale lilac-blue flowers atop tall stems from midsummer into fall. The corrugated leaves are anise-scented.

This low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plant likes well drained soil and full sun. It is an excellent choice for sunny mixed borders and hummingbird gardens and does well in containers.

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

    30"-40" / 76.2cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    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

    Light Blue

  • 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