Agastache foeniculum Hummingbird Mint



"Hummingbird mint" or Agastache foeniculum is known for its cylindrical, fluffy, pale lilac flower spikes that attract pollinators in droves from early to late summer. A member of the mint family, its refreshingly aromatic foliage repels deer and rabbits and earns it its other common name: "anise hyssop."

Agastache foeniculum hummingbird mint is native to the United States, where it hails from dry, open forests and prairies in the upper Midwest and Great Plains. It thrives in lean soil and the hot sun where few other plants dare.

Agastache foeniculum (and cultivars of it) has become a flower bed staple for any gardener looking to feed bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It is essential to plant it in well-draining soil and not to fertilize. It has been known to self-sow.


  • Common Names: Hummingbird Mint, Anise Hyssop
  • Zones: 4 to 8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Lean, well-draining soil
  • Height at Maturity: 36" - 48"
  • Width at Maturity: 24" - 36"
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Early summer to late summer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits.
  • Other Features: Fragrant. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

Plant in well-draining soil and do not fertilize. Can be cut back to 4-6 inches of the ground after it blooming or left uncut for winter to provide forage for birds.

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