Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’
APRICOT SPRITE AGASTACHE
Apricot-peach flower trusses are constantly produced through summer and autumn on lovely and useful Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’.
This hardy, evergreen, shrubby perennial, with its richly coloured flowers, deserves a place in every garden, and in pots as well.
‘Apricot Sprite’ is worth featuring for its lovely scented, edible flowers and foliage, if nothing else.
But when you add in a tough, bone-hardy constitution, and water-wise, easy low maintenance, then you cant think of a reason not to have it.
Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’ is tough, and easily grown in Full Sun to Part Shade.
It is hardy in frost and forgiving of a wide range of soils, including sandy, rocky and poor soils.
It suits coastal areas, windy, and hot and dry gardens.
‘Apricot Sprite’ is water-wise and drought resistant, so it is ideal far gardeners with limited water.
‘Apricot Sprite’ is a low maintenance plant, and largely untroubled by any pests and diseases.
The only work required is to cut the whole plant back hard before spring to encourage new growth and a neat shape.
It is a hardy perennial clump, and quick growing for fast garden effect. If seed is sown early indoors, the plants will flower happily in their first year from seed.
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ is a special treat for the florists and cooks amongst us.
The apricot-peach flower trusses make good cut blooms for a vase indoors, where they last well.
While both flowers and foliage are very useful in the kitchen, with all of the plant being edible.
Use the minty-aniseed flavour in cakes, salads (where the bright flowers really liven up the appeal), in drinks (puts a whole new dimension on a G&T or a Mojito), or to add an edible garnish to a meat dish (Agastache leaves go really well with pork).
But for me it is the entertainment provided by our native honey-eating birds, while they acrobatically dance amongst the flowers and do a fine impersonation of a Hummingbird sipping nectar from the flowers, that make Agastache indispensable in my garden.
As the Agastache blooms continuously for months on end, from late spring to autumn’s close, they are a blessing for all our useful pollinators.
They are an invaluable and long lasting food source for bees, butterflies, birds and other useful pollinators – so plant some in your veggie plot or orchard.
And to top it all off – rabbits and deer cant abide the aromatic oils in the foliage and flowers – so they leave them alone. Bless all Agastache.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Scatter seeds directly in the garden during spring or autumn / or sow at any time indoors in punnets.
INDOORS FOR EARLY PLANTS: Sow seed in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Pat seed gently into the surface of the mix. Do not cover. Seeds need light to germinate.
Moisten the mix by placing the punnet in a water bath, with the water level below the surface of the punnet, and allow the water to percolate up from the bottom. This will ensure the mix is thoroughly moist but not drenched.
Label the punnet with the name and date sown.
Place in a well lit position, but not in direct sunlight.
Keep punnet moist by misting surface with a water spray bottle.
Temperature of 18-20C approx. is best for rapid germination, but they are not particularly fussy. At optimum temperature seedlings emerge in approx. 14-28 days.
(An electronic heat bed is ideal but not essential, any warm, well-lit spot will do).
Minimum 30 seeds per packet approximately.
(We aim to make our seed counts on the generous side – so you receive at least 30 seeds)