Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’: Prized For Its powder-Blue Flower Spikes

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’: Prized For Its powder-Blue Flower Spikes


Photo Compliments of Patrick Standish

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ or more commonly called Hyssop-Anise is a wonderful, drought tolerant summer blooming perennial that is prized for its powder-blue to lavender flower spikes that arrive in summer and last through to early fall. The flowers are favorites for butterflies and other pollinators.

This woody-based perennial of the mint family features tiny, tube-shaped, flowers in 4 inch long terminal spikes atop stiff square stems typically growing to a height of 36 inches. Flowers bloom freely from summer to early fall. Leaves are medium green and when brushed release a distinctive licorice fragrance. The well-branched stems do not require cutting back as the season progresses, and they are a great addition to bouquets.  Leaves are ovate-lanceolate (reaching 4 inches in length) are downy beneath, and can be used in potpourris or to flavor cold drinks.

How To Make Your Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ Thrive

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ or hyssop-anise thrives in full sun in average to dry soil with good drainage; lanky growth occurs when there is too much shade. This plant is very easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. It is adaptable to most soil types; only heavy clay causes winter problems.

General Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ Information

Pests and Diseases

No serious insect or disease problems.  If your garden is under stress you need to be watchful for mildew, rust, and downy mildew.


Sow seed in spring, divide plants in summer, root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Garden Uses

A great choice for beds and borders, herb gardens, meadow gardens, or your rock garden.

Quick Information

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Name: Hyssop-anise
  • Plant Type: Spreading herbaceous perennial
  • Growth Habit: Clumps
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 24 inches
  • Plant Width: 18 inches
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 9
  • Bloom Time: July to September
  • Bloom Description: Sky blue to lavender
  • Light Exposure: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Drought tolerant when established
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Growth Pace: Fast grower
  • Attracts: Bees, butterflies
  • Resistant: Rabbits, deer
  • Uses: Beds and borders, herb garden, meadow garden, rock garden

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