Agastache Species, Orange Hummingbird Mint, Jewel of the Sierra Madre, Anise Hyssop

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)
Synonym:Brittonastrum aurantiacum
Synonym:Cedronella aurantiaca



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brentwood, California

Cotopaxi, Colorado

Ellabell, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Petersburg, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

John Sam Lake, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Marysville, Washington

Priest Point, Washington

Shaker Church, Washington

Stimson Crossing, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Vashon, Washington

Weallup Lake, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2014, hitchingpost770 from COTOPAXI, CO wrote:

Started mine from seed last year. Very small plants transplanted well, weekly watering with drip irrigation. Bloomed first year and were very popular with our hummingbirds. Slow growth after transplanting. Rabbits seem uninterested while eating everything else in the garden. Looking forward to bigger plants this year.


On Jul 29, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Another very beautiful Agastache! I love everything about it! Hummers love it too!


On Jul 12, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

In a Dutch garden this agastache is doing great also. i 've planted out a few seedling previous summer and it has survived our wet winter with temps occasionally down to -20C (lowest temp in past 40 years) it's a little tough one too. I find it very elegant and suitable to grow along my path and it does 'nt seed so much around like A. foeniculum and A. rugosa. This one is way more sophisticated !


On Apr 19, 2005, GreenLife from (Zone 10b) wrote:

The orange hummingbird mint is one of my favorites because it is very popular with the hummingbirds. While there are plenty of hummingbird friendly flowers in the garden, the hummingbirds invariably make a beeline towards the orange mint before drinking from the others. Also, the flowers are ubiquitous and low maintenance. To the poster who asked where they can be bought, I bought mine from the High Country Gardens internet site. They have a diverse selection of agastaches.


On Oct 4, 2003, ZANDALEE from Tulsa, OK wrote:

I live in N.E. Oklahoma & have had tremendous success with this plant. It has been by far my favorite plant this year. It started blooming mid summer & hasn't stopped yet. Beautiful foliage, fast grower, easy care, pleasant scent & gorgeous salmon colored flowers. Hummingbirds, bees & butterflies love this plant as much as I do. I get so many compliments on this plant & plan to add more of it to my garden next year. Would be stunning en masse but make sure that it gets plenty of sun. The only thing I can't figure out is why I don't see more of it planted in this area since it appears to be perfectly suited to grow here.


On Apr 9, 2003, eustace1 wrote:

I love the agastache aurantiaca and would like to add it to my garden. Where can I buy this plant?


On Mar 19, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Orange hummingbird mint is a native to the southwestern U.S. Its gray-green foliage has a strong mint fragrance. In late summer it produces spikes of orange-pink tubular flowers that will attract hummingbirds to the garden. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil with adequate moisture.