Nettleleaf Giant Hyssop (Agastache utricifolia) SE

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Plant Description: This fibrous-rooted perennial produces leafy stems and bristly flowering spikes, usually forming large colonies where it settles. Its square stems emerge from a woody crown, and bear numerous opposite pairs of elliptic to heart-shaped leaves. Blades are large, 4 inches long by 3 inches wide, and have serrated margins and a pungent fragrance. The flowering spikes are crowded with whorls of small tubular blossoms. The corolla is formed by pinkish to rose petals, dark rose sepals, and 2 pairs of long, protruding stamens, a feature that gives the flowering spike its stubbly appearance.

During the heat of the summer, the sight of the blooming flowers, and the refreshing minty scent of the leaves stimulates a synesthetic feeling of easiness. The foliage of this species (and of other Agastache species) can be crushed to make a strong herbal tea. *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID*

  • Height: up to 3ft
  • Watering needs: moist to fairly dry
  • Sun needs: full sun
  • Soil needs: well-drained
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found in a variety of habitats, including semi-most coniferous forests, sagebrush steppe, and meadows, from low elevations to 10,000 feet. It grows from southeastern British Columbia, through eastern Washington, Oregon and southern California, and east to the Rocky Mountains. We recommend using this plant in meadowscapes.

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