Agastache foeniculum aurea – Golden Hummingbird Mint
Also known as Golden Hummingbird Mint, Agastache foeniculum aurea is grown for the foliage as well as the flowers.
Best described as lime green although Chartreuse is probably more descriptive, the foliage is fragrant when brushed against or crushed. Flowers are Lavender in colour and very attractive to bees and birds.
Any soil that is free draining seems suitable, a little added compost will be beneficial for growth.
Once established Agastache foeniculum aurea requires very little care and virtually no extra water even in outré dry summers.
We do mulch around the plant to help maintain a little moisture, and we prune back hard in winter to reinvigorate the plant.
The foliage of this drought tolerant plant makes it an excellent backdrop for many others.
Mix it in with Larkspur or any of the Catmints, ( Nepata species). One of the best foliage plants in the genus.
- Height – Will reach around 8ocm to 1.m in height.
- Spread – Over time will spread to .8m.
- Growth rate – Regarded as having a moderate to fast growth rate.
- Position – Best in full sun to a little afternoon shade.
- Soil – Best in a humus rich well drained soil, however tolerant of poorer soils. Not suited to wet clay soils.
- Drought tolerance – Very good drought tolerance.
- Foliage – Lime green with a string mint fragrance.
- Flowers – Lavender.
- Container growing – Agastache foeniculum aurea grows well in containers.