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.
- 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).
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 9-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: orange
- Flowering period: summer flowers
® Unlicensed propagation prohibited.
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