The Q&A Archives: Agastache Plant

Question: Could you tell me if the agastache plant is poisonous to animals? I read about it as being a hardy, ornamental plant suitable for a perennial garden choice. In your opinion, would this plant be able to thrive in a Northern California climate, where the temperatures sometime drop to 29 degrees at night in the Winter, and can go up to 104 degrees in the heat of a Summer day? Does this plant prefer a hot, sunny place, or a shady place, to thrive? Does it need a regular watering cycle as well as occasional feeding?
Thank You,
D. Nixon

Answer: Agastache is a member of the Labiatae (mint) family and as such should not be poisonous to animals. (Of course the disclaimer here is that the dose makes the poison - even too much of a good thing can be toxic.) It is a hardy plant and will thrive in your gardening zone. It grows best in full sunshine but will tolerate some morning shade. Water regularly until the root system is well established, and be sure to provide fast-draining soil. Once established your Agastache should be happy with occasional deep watering during the hottest summer months.

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