Emigrant Wilderness, Huckleberry Lake, July 2014

  • Agastache urticifolia (Benth.) Kuntze
  • Nettleleaf giant hyssop, Nettle-leaf Horsemint
  • Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
  • Synonym(s):
  • USDA Symbol: AGUR
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Numerous leafy, 4-sided stems with opposite leaves and, near top, pale pink to lavender, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in dense circles crowded into tight spikes.

Agastache, from the Greek agan (much) and stachys (ear of grain), refers to the flower clusters. The spikes, short corolla lobes, and protruding stamens are distinctive.

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