Botanical Name: Agastache rupestris
Common Name: Licorice Hyssop  
Plant photo of: Agastache rupestris
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, Orange


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Enjoyed for its fine, aromatic foliage and uniquely colored flowers, this is an excellent addition to a water-wise garden. Pale grey-green leaves are licorice scented and grow along stiff, upright stems, topped with orange and lavender flowers that bloom mid to late summer. Attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees. Dead head for best flowering. It is native to mountain regions of Arizona, New Mexico and Northern Mexico.
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, though best in full sun. Good soil drainage is essential. Plants will perform poorly and may not survive winter in unamended clay soils or over-watered soils. Plants tolerate heat and some dry soils once established. Deadhead spent flower blooms to promote additional bloom. Cut back the dead stems in late winter to early spring. Sandy/gravelly mulches will protect plants and help to avoid onset of rot.