Agastache 'Red Fortune' 

Agastache 'Red Fortune'

1252

£ 4,29 tax incl.


Availability : Available

Container: 0,7 litre pot

Flowering period: summer flowers

Hardiness zone: zone 9-10

Height: 50 to 70cm

Plant spacing: 40 cm

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Description:

With a touch of purple

Agastache mexicana 'Red Fortune'(*) was originally bred for its cut flowers. It forms a slender, woody-based clump which can reach 50 cm in height.

It flowers from mid-summer until the first cold spells and produces lots of purple-tinged, pink, tubular, nectar-producing, flower spikes. Also known as anise hyssop, its leaves have an aniseed flavour and can be used in salads.

In temperate gardens its unusual colouring goes well with other bright colours to create an exotic ambiance: Kniphofia, Salvia microphylla, Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic', Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

Grow in the sun in light soil that is sufficiently moist in summer and well-drained in winter. A contradiction in terms that can be sometimes hard to achieve ;-)

One solution is to add rough sand when planting and in extreme cases to plant it on a mound.

Maintenance:

  • Deadhead regularly,
  • Cut back the clump at the end of winter,
  • Take precautionary cuttings in early summer (this is a short-lived perennial),
  • Hardiness: 10°C.

(*) Agastache mexicana 'Red Fortune' was introduced as an ornamental plant in 1998 by Dutch breeder Dick Degenhardt. It's a shame that its name gets mixed up with its hardier, vigorous cousin Agastache 'Blue Fortune'(**).

(**) Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is an interspecific cross between Agastache rugosa X Agastache foeniculum. Agastache rugosa is native to Southeast Asia (China, Korea and Japan), whereas Agastache foeniculum comes from the temperate regions of North America (Ontario, Colorado, Washington, eastern New England).

Cultivation and Propagation
Soil type:good garden soil, ordinary soil, light, sandy soils
Culture advice:Planting soil composed: 1/3 coarse sand, 1/3 garden soil, 1/3 horticultural compost, Mulching the crown of the plant with a gravel, Well-drained soil with coarse sand, Neutral to alkaline soil, Keep dry during the winter
Aspect:full sun
Special maintenance:Winter protection, Cut off dead flowers, Prune the plant at the end of autumn
Garden tips:
Garden value:long flowering, attractive to pollinators
Garden style:rock garden, cottage garden, seaside garden
Landscape interest:mixed-border, gravel garden, rockery
Position:middle of the border
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