Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset'
  Common Name: Hyssop-Sunset
Common Name (Alternative): Anise Hyssop
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Like 'Apricot Sprite', this colorful variety of Agastache fills a unique niche in the landscape compared to the taller varieties.  It is perfect for growing in large containers, rock gardens, flower borders, cottage gardens, herb gardens, and butterfly gardens.  Butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds adore this plant! 

Knee high plants carry loads of flower spikes with deep orange flowers and rose purple buds all summer long.  They provide a striking contrast to the cool silvery green, aromatic, finely textured foliage.  When the leaves are crushed, they smell strongly of licorice, mint, or root beer (depending on your own keen sense of smell!). 

Agastache 'Apache Sunset' was bred and selected by Sahin Seeds.

Breeder: Sahin Seeds

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-24 Inches
Spread:
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
Foliage Color:
  Silver/grey shades
Hardiness Zone:
6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Formal
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

This is a great plant for hot, dry, sunny climates.  Well-drained soil is a must, especially in the winter.  This plant will not tolerate heavy clay soil but grows well in average to light soil with low to medium moisture levels.  In the sandy soil of our zone 5b trial garden, this variety has overwintered with flying colors for the past two years.  Even so, it's officially listed as a zone 6 perennial so some winter protection might be required in your zone.  No serious pest or disease problems have been reported with this plant.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Sapphire'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' ('Mainacht')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire' PP18585 COPF
Common Name: Spurge-Cushion
5,6,7,8,9
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Oenothera kunthiana 'Glowing Magenta'
Common Name: Primrose-Evening
5,6,7,8
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Fun Facts:

Anise Hyssop is edible.  The flowers and foliage have a subtle anise or licorice-like flavor to them.  Try adding a few leaves or flowers to flavor teas, salads, or desserts.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.