Agastache barberi

Agastache barberi
Giant Hyssop, Giant Hummingbirds Mint

Agastache barberi, commonly known as giant hyssop or giant hummingbirds mint, is now a synonym for the new accepted name Agastache pallida var. pallida. This woody based, erect, bushy perennial has aromatic, ovate leaves and bears loose spikes of rose to magenta blooms from midsummer to late fall. The growing requirements are a fertile well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Under these conditions, this species can be expected to aatain a height of 24" (60cm0 and a width of 12" (30cm). A. barberi can be found in nature in the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico. It is rated for hardiness in USDA Zones 6-10. Due to its compactr size this plant does well in a mixed border, perennial border, or herb garden. It is very attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.

Agastache barberi Cultivars & Hybrids

Agastache barberi 'Tutti Fruitti', an A. barberi x A. mexicana 'Toronjil Morado' cross is an erect bushy perennial with ovate, toothed, aromatic gray-green leaves. It bears loose spikes 12" (20cm) in length containing tubular red- raspberry blooms from mid-summer to late autumn. It requires a fertile well drained soil and full sun to attain an average height of 2'-6' (0.6m-2.0m) and a width of 12"-36" (30-90cm). It's hardiness rating is USDA Zones 6-10. Places for this plant to be utilized would be along the back of a sunny border or in a cottage garden since its long blooming period will outlast most other plants.

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