Consider Agastache for Pollinators and a Long Flowering Period

— Written By and last updated by Jami Hooper
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I was very intrigued by a new plant to my garden this past year, Agastache ‘Blue Boa’. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the parentage of ‘Blue Boa’ is uncertain. From my own review of nomenclature and Extension information, I get the impression that Agastache foeniculum is either the source or one of the parents of many of the Agastache found on the garden center market. Common names include giant hyssop and hummingbird mint. According to the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox, “Giant Hyssops are essential for a pollinator-friendly garden and have excellent resistance to browsing deer and rabbits. They are also heat and drought tolerant.”
I plan to plant more of these in 2021. Be sure to visit the Plant Toolbox for more information on Agastache foeniculum and the various hybrid cultivars.
Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, November 15, New Bern; still providing sustenance for various pollinators. 
Bee on plant
Bloom