Agastache, Giant Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint 'Tutti-Frutti'

Agastache barberi

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agastache (ah-gas-TAH-kee) (Info)
Species: barberi (BAR-ber-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Tutti-Frutti
Additional cultivar information:(aka Tutti Frutti)




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

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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:

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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:

Gaylesville, Alabama

Buckeye, Arizona

HOOPA, California

Livermore, California

Sacramento, California(2 reports)

Pueblo, Colorado

Miami, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

West Buxton, Maine

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Dowagiac, Michigan

Madison, Mississippi

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Bayville, New Jersey

Candler, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Bend, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Princeton, Texas

King George, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Smithfield, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 23, 2017, lsjogren from Vancouver, WA wrote:

I planted five of these in summer of 2016 in my yard in Vancouver, WA, zone 8. I figured they would be fine as far as cold hardiness, since they are listed as being able to survive zone 6.

It is now mid April and no sign of life except one has a very feeble new sprout that I saw weeks ago and doesn't seem to be growing much more if at all.

In contrast I planted two of a very similar Agastache, the Licorice Candy, and those seem to be coming up with new growth OK. I believe those are rated zone 6 just like the Licorice Candy.

I like the looks of the Tutti Frutti slightly better but the Licorice Candy is almost identical.

Since the Licorice Candy seems to be hardy enough for my locale but the Tutti Frutti is not, I will just repla... read more


On Aug 3, 2014, DavidLMo from St Joseph, MO wrote:

Information at top should also indicate that it attracts hummingbirds. It is after all called hummingbird mint. Grows in a protected area in my zone 5b garden.


On Apr 2, 2013, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

Three years ago, I started with this plant in a 4-inch pot and now it is a clump that is 3-feet in diameter. It blooms with little care all summer and autumn for me. It is glorious in bloom and invites favorable comments from those who see it.


On Mar 17, 2013, Bigfeet from Tullahoma, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Started agastache tutti frutti from seeds (harvested Febrauary) from nursery plants by previous homeowner Zone 5a? north Pueblo, Co.

Within 2 months they had all grown 2-3 feet tall, flowered profusely, and attracted tons of humingbirds (plus strange exotic moths). Flowers last a long time.

Some of the first plants to bud in February 2013 despite consistent below zero night temps.

Very fragrant; leaves and flowers smell like bubblegum!


On Oct 9, 2010, FawnAnnette from King George, VA wrote:

I have many, many flowers that provide nectar for the hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollenators. Today 10-9-2010 I was in my rose garden pergola, talking to my granddaughters. A hummingbird whirred past my head and stopped at the Giant Agastache 'Tutti Frutti'. The blooms have been constant and lovely since midsummer. We only have rubythroated hummingbirds breed here in tidewater Virginia. The last VA Ornithology Gold Book date for rubythroats is 9/24 but there are regular instances of very late migrants observed and confirmed. The rufous hummingbird does travel through this state on its way south to wintering grounds in Mexico. The earliest is 8/4. I have been advised that the sighting of rufous is much less common than of very late migrant rubythroated. Hence...Bon matin and ... read more


On Jul 9, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the healthiest, tallest things in my garden, infact its taking up so much space and height i wouldn't recommend owning more than one or two of these, it really does attract the butterflies in droves, as well as the humming birds..true to it's nickname of 'humming bird mint' hyssops', and 'Giant hyssops Hyssopsus' "!!! also, i was supprised how very beautiful since its an herb or weed too!!!!! mike.


On Sep 13, 2009, Bluebirdlover66 from Emmitsburg, MD wrote:

I have only grown this plant this summer here in Emmitsburg, MD. but it has performed beautifully. The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds visit it everyday.
Now I will need to see how it does during our cold winter.
I hope it does make it.


On Apr 10, 2008, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hybridized by Richard DuFresne of Greensboro, North Carolina. Flowers can be used fresh or dried as a kitchen herb. I simply toss them over my salads. 'Tutti-Frutti' comes probably from a cross of A. barberi and A. mexicana.


On Jul 26, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love it, love it, love it!!! Love the color, love the longblooming, love attracting Hummers, love the scent! Easy to maintain. Excellent drainage and lean soil. Don't cut back branches till you see new growth. I don't have any hardwood mulch around it either. I have small gravel around it.


On Apr 2, 2006, blpender from Dowagiac, MI wrote:

Absolutely loved this plant. Non-stop blooms all summer long. A very nice color compliment to my honeysuckle vine.


On Jan 20, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I loved this plant in my garden this year. As hot and dry a summer as we had it bloomed right on. The heat and humidity didn't bother it at all. It bloomed all summer and into fall until frost got it.The bees and the hummingbirds loved it. I love the way the flower spikes blew in the wind.