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Orange Hummingbird Mint, Jewel of the Sierra Madre, Hyssop 'Apricot Sprite'

Agastache aurantiaca

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agastache (ah-gas-TAH-kee) (Info)
Species: aurantiaca (aw-ran-ti-AYE-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Apricot Sprite



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Trussville, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Lakeside, California

Roseville, California

Itasca, Illinois

Grayson, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Cumberland, Maryland

Lincoln, Nebraska

Carson City, Nevada

Denville, New Jersey

North Tonawanda, New York

Pittsford, New York

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

West Linn, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Fate, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 6, 2012, tcs1366 from Leesburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It survived it's first winter in zone5, though we did not have a super cold winter. I have high hopes it will keep surviving.


On Jul 26, 2010, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have this plant growing in 3 spots in my garden. It has done best in a potting mix in a very large decorative planter. It gets full hot baking summer sun and is drought resistant. We had a few days of over 100 degree heat this summer (3 days in a row so far) with high humidity and this plant was unaffected! It has not stopped blooming. The hummers visit it occasionally. It is more of a bee plant here. The hummers prefer my monarda and salvia over this plant. I do enjoy its apricot blooms.


On Aug 15, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

A wonderful agastache I grew from seed! I have a plant growing in a 12" pot and it's about 2' tall. Unfortunately it is not hardy to my zone 5b, but I do plan to continue to grow it from seed year to year...


On Jul 18, 2007, lola23 from Portland, OR wrote:

I'm a first-time gardener, and this is my favorite plant in my first-ever garden! My hyssop has required very little maintenence and the hummingbirds visit this flower almost exclusively.


On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This selection has glowing apricot flowers on compact plants. Hummingbirds swarm the myriad tiny trumpet-shaped flowers all summer.
Annual; tender perennial; 1.5 ft tall
Seed to bloom: 12 wks
Color: Apricot
Full sun
Soil: Rich, well-drained
Height: 30 inches
Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11
Depth: 1/16
Flat temp: 60-70F
Sprout time: 10-30 days
Tip: Sow indoors in late winter or outdoors in fall in mild winter areas.
Tolerates dry conditions.


On Nov 21, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Another beautiful Agastache! Shorter than most Agastaches.

As with all Agastaches, leave the stems uncut til you see new green growth in Spring (usually mid Spring).


On Nov 15, 2005, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Apricot Sprite overwintered very well in a semi dry slightly raised bed on the western side of my home here in NY state.. Even under a foot of snow the foilage stayed green all winter long. It also lightly reseeded. The hummers love this little plant and it is very easy to grow from seed.