Agastache is very attractive to bees. Plant a row away from the garden to lure cabbage moths away from Brassica crops. Do not plant near radishes. Agastache is a hardy perennial also known as Giant Hyssop, Licorice Mint, or Lavender Hyssop. Learn how to grow Agastache from seeds below.

Latin
Agastache foeniculum (syn. Brittonastrum)
Family: Lamiaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 4-10

Timing
Sow indoors mid-February to mid-March for transplanting in May, or direct sow in autumn. Optimal soil temperature: 12°C (55°F).

Starting
Just cover the seeds, and keep moist in a sterile seed starting mix. When no risk of frost is left, transplant outdoors to containers or at 30cm (12″) spacing in the garden.

Growing
Provide some complete organic fertilizer annually in the spring. Grow in well drained, fairly rich soil in full sun. Agastache can tolerate light shade, but will not perform as well. Maintain vigorous plants by dividing in the fall. Plants grown from seed will take two years to bloom.

Read more about using Agastache in Companion Planting.

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