Blue fortune agastache

Blue Fortune Agastache

Scientific Name

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

Order

Lamiales

Family

Lamiaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

379

Blue fortune agastache

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Physical Description

Blue Fortune agastache is a medium-height perennial plant created by crossing selections of several species of agastache, including species native to North America. Its lavender-blue flowers form a terminal spike that persist from midsummer through the frost of winter. The flowers sit atop fragrant true-green leaves shaped like long teardrops with serrated edges. A long taproot helps this plant continue to thrive during periods of drought, but it prefers to grow in medium, well-drained soil. Plantings of Blue Fortune can help to elevate a sunny boarder or pollinator garden. In late summer, the agastache at Lincoln Park Zoo attract a colorful array of butterflies that hold tight to the flower stalks as they sway in the breeze.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

5–9

Average Mature Height

3 feet

Flower Color

Lavender blue

Flowering Months

July–September

Supports

Butterflies

Yellow flowers

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Join fellow nature lovers for a free, guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. During each tour, a zoo horticulturist will point out interesting species in bloom, answer questions from guests, and discuss the horticulture program’s past, present, and future.

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An Accredited Arboretum

In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.