Hummingbird Mint, Orange Hummingbird Mint
Agastache aurantiaca (A.Gray) Lint & Epling is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Agastache. It was named and described as such by Harold LeRoy Lint and Carl Clawson Epling in American Midland Naturalist in 1945. It was first named Cedronella aurantiaca by Asa Gray and described in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1886.
The genus, Agastache J.Clayton ex Gronov., was first described by John Clayton and Johan Frederik Gronovius in Flora Virginia in 1762. Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 22 accepted species of Agastache, which is the same as the 2013 version of The Plant List. The Plant List hasn’t been maintained since 2013, so Kew launched Plants of the World Online in 2017.
I bought my Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’ from Wildwood Greenhouse on June 7 (2018). I bought three plants so they would nicely fill in an area on the left side of the porch on the north side of the house.
This cultivar is supposed to have a shorter, more compact growth habit than the species. I also liked the peach-apricot color of the flowers. As with all Agastache, they have nice scented leaves that are a pleasure to work around.
Zones: USDA Zones 6a-10b (-10 to 35° F)
Size: 12-18” tall
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Average, well-drained
Water: Average, drought tolerant
Agastache are very easy plants to grow and will reward you with nonstop flowers right up until frost which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Their scented leaves also make them nice to work around.
Agastache needs very well-draining soil and especially won’t tolerate wet feet during the winter. Information online says they need full sun, but they may appreciate a little afternoon shade when it gets really hot in the summer. We shall see.
The Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’ did very well in 2018 but I couldn’t find any when I went plant shopping locally in 2019.
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