This lovely hybrid perennial forms a compact, richly-branched clump of fragrant grey-green leaves; flower spikes hold a mass of small, brilliant orange trumpet-like blooms; drought tolerant once established; attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds; excellent container plant.
attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
Elegant in borders, containers, mass plantings, butterfly, hummingbird and water-wise gardens
Agastache Aurantiaca x 'Tango'
(Tango Hummingbird Mint)
8" (20 cm)
12" (30 cm)
14" (36 cm)
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June - October
Low. Drought tolerant once established
Prefers a well-drained soil type
Plant Care Tips
Agastache--anise hyssop--is an aromatic, flowering perennial herb that adds colour, texture and scent to your garden, asking for very little in return. It's a wonderful addition to butterfly, hummingbird, cottage, water-wise and herb gardens. (Make sure, if you plan to use it as an herb, that you get your plant from a nursery that doesn't use chemical sprays). It's best to plant Agastache in early fall so that it has the winter in which to establish a good root system. As with other drought-tolerant plants, it prefers sandy, well-drained soil (avoid soggy conditions). It also loves a full sun exposure. If there is a prolonged dry spell during the hot summer months, water your Agastache in the early morning to make sure that the foliage has time to dry off and is not scorched in the hot sun. One application of a slow-release fertilizer in early spring should be enough. Early spring is also the time to divide your Agastache (do this every 3 years to keep growth vigorous). Prune back your plants at the same time. To ensure that the leaves and roots of your plants are protected over winter, you may want to add a very loose layer of mulch. Make sure that you don't end up with a water-logged plant, though.
As with other plants, you don't want to water or fertilize Agastache while it is dormant.