Giant Hyssop (Agastache pallida 'Tutti Frutti') in the Anise Hyssops Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Agastache pallida Accepted
Agastache barberi Synonym

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 36 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Raspberry red, Bright lavender pink, Raspberry, Rose-lilac, Raspberry-purple, Deep pink, Reddish-purple
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadhead faded flower stems to ensure more flowering throughout the season
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Good self-seeder
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2004 Georgia Gold Medal Winner


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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 4:06 PM

I tried Tutt-Frutti multiple times, but it would never overwinter in my garden. Lovely plant.

Located on the north shore of Nassau County Long Island, NY zone 6/7, where it is humid in the summer.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Mar 17, 2013 2:48 AM

I've planted Agastache 'Tutti Frutti' before, but sometimes it doesn't come back the following spring. I always try to make sure the soil has excellent drainage, but it could be that we get too cold for it in the winters. I'm not sure if it's hardy to zone 6a, 6b, or 7a. I've gone through a lot of websites where I've seen it listed as one of the three.

It could very well be that it's hardy to 6b, but it any case, it deserves to be grown in the garden for beauty, scent, long blooming, low maintenance, and especially for hummers, butterflies and bees!

One of my favorites!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 22, 2014 12:59 PM

Agastache 'Tutti Frutti' is a pollinator magnet and valuable source of nectar. It is visited by Skippers, Fritillaries, and other butterflies.

It has special value to native, bumble, and honey bees, especially longhorned, bumble, small resin, and leafcutter bees. It also attracts beneficial insects such as bee flies and soldier beetles.

It is visited occasionally by hummingbirds.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Sep 21, 2014 6:01 PM

This has been a good producer for me. I planted it in fall 2013, it survived my zone 5 winter, and it bloomed most of the summer 2014. I love this agastache, but I have it in a bad spot, so I never see any hummers, but it smells wonderful!

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