figwort giant hyssop, purple giant hyssop
[Agastache scrophulariaefolia (Willd.) Kuntze, more...]
Etymology: Agastache: from agan, "very much," and stachys, "an ear of corn or wheat," having many spikes
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall, aromatic forb; stems square, branched toward the top
Leaves: opposite, mostly hairless beneath
Flowers: pink to purplish, 5-parted, 1/2" long, slightly irregular, not hairy; inflorescence dense whorls of flowers forming a 6" cylindrical spike; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: dry; upland woods
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"