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Agastaches are scented perennials from North America, China and Japan where they grow in poor, dry ground. The horticultural industry has come up with several new kinds by crossing various species, one of the best being the bluish-purple 'Blue Fortune'. It has a nice array of vertical spikes topped by flowers, above the fresh green foliage, from midsummer to the end of autumn. Good alternatives include the aptly named 'Apricot Sprite', the copper-orange 'Firebird', and the red 'Tutti Frutti'. They can all be grown in gravel or Mediterranean-type gardens. In very cold areas, where the plants won't survive the winter, they can be treated as annuals.
Cultivar: Blue Fortune
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant: April to May
I asked for plants for shade. The ones I looked at further all stated full sun. What use is that to me?
Haha, that's a ridiculous comment. Get a book and do some research love.
Blue fortune is fabulous. Aniseed fragrance - you can use leaves to make tea etc. V beautiful plant and great for wildlife. Bees just love it, as do chaffinches. I have never seen so many bees on one plant. Give it a go. Great plant for a little sunny spot. Self seeds too
The plant information for BLue Fortune doesn't mention how beneficial it is to wildlife. Does it produce much nectar or pollen? Also I'm a bit dubious about plants that have been crossed with others. Does this have a detrimental effect on it's ability to produce pollen or nectar as I know this has been the case with other species.
Love the plant. Love the aromatic leaves.It was covered in bees last year. This year I covered one seed tray from one plant and the tray was full of young plants. But being so wet, they didn't do very much, or I am thinking it must be a biennial. Would have it is every flower bed if it was warmer here in Devon.
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