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cohan
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A very common Agastache in the big picture, but this year was the first time I saw it in person, on one of my very few bicycle botanising trips this year- about 8-12 miles from home (forget now, I'd have to sit down and calculate... a fairly long and tiring ride, which ended up being a race with the weather, getting home just before a thunderstorm with heavy-though small- hail) on a road I'd never gone far on before (and which was dull, plant-wise, overall, so this was a very nice surprise). I've seen the species on lists often enough, and never thought it was that exciting from photos, but I found it really delightful in person! Smaller than expected- maybe 60 cm tops, and  I found the leaves very pretty-- a deep rich green, both glossy and textured.
Agastache foeniculum  August 06, 2011

In the last photo with one of our numerous Asters, very abundant from mid-late summer through fall; full album here (no captions yet):
https://picasaweb.google.com/111492944361897930115/August062011Agastache...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

I'll take your advice, Mark, and let you know next year - if I remember, that is. 

No one need be shy about reminding me... :D

Rick, the problem is I need someone  to remind me reminding others ???

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Mark, I have couple of Agastaches but I am not familiar with A. foeniculum. Is it wild growing "over there"? Seems to be a nice plant!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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With the exception of the Korean A. rugosa, all Agastache are native to North America.

USDA PLant Profile page for A. foeniculum:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AGFO

There are a number of hybrids between Korean A. rugosa and North American A. foeniculum, search for any of these:
'Black Adder'
'Blue Fortune'
'Blue Fountain'

Article by David Salman of High Country Gardens on Agastache in Fine Gardening magazine:
http://www.finegardening.com/design/articles/hysspos-agastache.aspx

Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' - selected form with charteuse foliage:
http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/agastache-foeniculum-golden-jubi...
http://www.finegardening.com/CMS/uploadedimages/Images/Gardening/Plants/...

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

cohan
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Hoy wrote:

Mark, I have couple of Agastaches but I am not familiar with A. foeniculum. Is it wild growing "over there"? Seems to be a nice plant!

Not Mark ;) but A foeniculum is listed in Flora of Alberta as occurring from BC to Ontario south to BC, Colorado, Nebraska,South Dakota, Illinois;
According to the map, its only been observed at the edge of my area, mostly occurring farther east and north, but as usual, I doubt this agricultural area has been surveyed that extensively!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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McDonough wrote:

Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' - selected form with charteuse foliage:
http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/agastache-foeniculum-golden-jubi...
http://www.finegardening.com/CMS/uploadedimages/Images/Gardening/Plants/...

Not sure if its in the current catalogue, but Kristl (Gardens North) was offereing golden A foeniculum seed..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

RickR
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Agastache foeniculum is usually a controllable weed in gardens here.  I love the licorice scent, though.

I too, "discovered" it in the wild for the first time this past season.
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=779.0
In fact the identity was perplexing to me, since I was only familiar with the garden varieties that were strongly scented with non-glabrous leaves.  There was no aroma, and leaves were glabrous on these Minnesota wild ones.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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RickR wrote:

Agastache foeniculum is usually a controllable weed in gardens here.  I love the licorice scent, though.

I too, "discovered" it in the wild for the first time this past season.
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=779.0
In fact the identity was perplexing to me, since I was only familiar with the garden varieties that were strongly scented with non-glabrous leaves.  There was no aroma, and leaves were glabrous on these Minnesota wild ones.

Sadly, I did not get back there for seed, and a cutting failed.. I'd really like to grow a local form (I should see if Linda who sells seed in Red Deer has collected it...).. I've got a fairly large developable area that I'd like to plant natives and others amongst the grasses etc, and just weed to thin the other stuff rather than really cultivate it-- I could let things like Agastache,Lysimachia etc run free..
I can't remember now if this had any scent to it!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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By the way, the common name of Blue Giant Hyssop is somewhat a misnomer, as it is typically a plant no taller than 3', whereas there are several other species that grow twice that height... ah, common names, gotta love em when they go wrong  ;)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Thank you guys! I don't know why but I mistakenly thought that Agastache was a Mediterranean and Middle East genus.
I'll look out for more species to plant!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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