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Sun: Full, partial

Moisture: Medium-wet to medium-dry

Height: 5-6'

Bloom Time: July-September

Bloom Color: Light purple

Genotype:  Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: Species from the Agastache genus were used widely by a number of indigenous peoples as a ceremonial plant, and as a medicine for the heart, coughs, burns, or other ailments. Leaves were used for tea, or as a culinary herb for sweetening a dish (Moerman, 1998).


This pollinator favorite produces candle-like cylinders of tiny purple flowers with a spicy anise fragrance. Its large size and somewhat sprawling habit make this a good choice for a backyard spot--grab a chair and watch the bumblebee airshow! Produces lots of tiny seeds and re-seeds itself. The Xerces Society recommends this species as "highly attractive to pollinators" in the Great Lakes region.

Agastache scrophulariifolia (Purple Giant Hyssop)

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