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Useful Temperate Plants

Agastache pallidiflora

(A.Heller) Rydb.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Agastache breviflora harvardii (A.Gray) Shinners

Agastache greenei (Briq.) Wooton & Standl.

Agastache neomexicana (Briq.) Standl.

Agastache pallidiflora harvardii (A.Gray) Lint & Epling

Agastache pallidiflora neomexicana (Briq.) R.W.Sanders,

Brittonastrum greenei Briq.

Brittonastrum neomexicanum Briq.

Brittonastrum pallidiflorum A.Heller

Cedronella breviflora harvardii A.Gray

Common Name: New Mexico Giant Hyssop

Agastache pallidiflora
Plant growing in native habitat on the east side of Escudill Mountain, Apache County, Arizona
Photograph by: Patrick Alexander
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General Information

Agastache pallidiflora is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a clump of upright, branched stems 60 - 100cm tall from a slowly-spreading rhizomatous rootstock.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

South-western N. America - Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northeastern Mexico.

Habitat

Rich, moist soils in coniferous forests at elevations from 2,000 - 3,000 metres.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.20 m
PollinatorsBees, Butterflies
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

This species is only hardy in the milder regions of the temperate zone.
Prefers a warm sunny sheltered position and a well-drained soil. Succeeds in most soils.
The flowers are very attractive to bees.

Edible Uses

The following reports were for Agastache neomexicana, which is now recognized as a var of Agastache pallidiflora[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The highly aromatic young leaves are used as a flavouring in cooked dishes[
183
Title
Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications
Year
1990
ISBN
0-9628087-0-9
Description
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
,
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].
The young leaves are used to make a herbal tea[
183
Title
Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications
Year
1990
ISBN
0-9628087-0-9
Description
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
].

Medicinal

The following reports were for Agastache neomexicana, which is now recognized as a var of Agastache pallidiflora[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The dried and pulverized root has been used as a dusting powder for sores and cankers[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

The plant has been used in the treatment of fevers and bad coughs[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 13°c[
133
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1987
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant out in late spring or early summer[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Division in spring. Fairly simple, if large divisions are used it is possible to plant them straight out into their permanent positions.
Basal cuttings of young shoots in spring[
111
Title
Popular Hardy Perennials.
Publication
 
Author
Sanders. T. W.
Publisher
Collingridge
Year
1926
ISBN
-
Description
A fairly wide range of perennial plants that can be grown in Britain and how to grow them.
]. Harvest the young shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm tall and pot them up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse. They should root within 3 weeks and can be planted out in the summer or following spring.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-07-23. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Agastache+pallidiflora>

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