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Perennial- Hummingbird Mint

Agastache rupestris Photo UBC Botanical Garden www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca
Common Name:  Licorice Mint/Sunset Hyssop/Hummingbird Mint

Botanical Name: Agastache rupestris

Description: Perennial with fragrant gray/green leaves; native to Southwest states and Mexico

Sun:  Full sun to partial shade

Water:  Moderate

Soil:  Well drained soil

Habit and Form:  1½ - 2 feet tall, 1½ feet wide

Flower type:  Spikes of orange flowers with lavender calyxes

Bloom season:  Blooms heavily from August through autumn

Pruning time & method:  Cut almost to the ground at the beginning of spring to promote stronger and more vigorous growth; deadhead spent flowers in summer to extend blooming season

Maintenance tips:  Propagate by dividing in spring or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Common problems:  No significant problems

Comments:  Outstanding garden performance; attracts hummingbirds

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