Profusely branched, erect perennial, woody only at very base; stems 20-80 cm long; leaves triangular-ovate or triangular-lanceolate, 1-2.5 times longer than wide, 5-40(80) mm long, dull to bright green above, paler below, thinly pubescent; flowers pink or dull rose-purple, 6-9 mm long, in whorls in interrupted spikes, zygomorphic, petals 5, fused into a tube, the two small upper petals extending forward much like the visor of a cap, the three larger lower petals forming a reflexed lip; fruit dividing into 4 dark nutlets each about 1-1.5 mm long. Flowers August to October.
There are several species of Agastache in New Mexico that are distinguished by technical characteristics. Agastache pringlei var. verticillata has the following combination of characteristics: stems herbaceous except at the very base; leaf blades thin and flexible; pedicels less than 1.2 mm long; calyx tube longer than 3 mm and less than 1.5 mm in diameter; calyx tube at time of flowering slightly wider at opening than at base, the axis straight, but in fruit the base swollen and wider than the opening; and corolla tubes less than 8.3 mm long.
New Mexico, Dona Ana County, Organ Mountains.
Humus-covered igneous talus and boulders at protected bases of steep cliffs in woodlands of Douglas fir, yellow pine, and Gambel oak; 1,800-2,300 m (5,900-7,500 ft).
This variety is a narrow endemic. Its habitat, while not rare in the Organ Mountains, is restricted, but mostly lies away from human-induced disturbance.
Martin, W.C. and C.R. Hutchins. 1981. A Flora of New Mexico, vol. 2. J. Cramer, Vaduz.
*Sanders, R.W. 1987. Taxonomy of Agastache section Brittonastrum (Lamiaceae-Nepeteae). Systematic Botany Monographs 15:1-92.
Wooton, E.O. and P.C. Standley. 1915. Flora of New Mexico. Contributions from the U.S. National Herbarium 19:1-794.