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Texas hummingbird mint

Agastache cana

ag-ah-STAK-ee KAY-nah

This is a 36-inch-tall hyssop with showy rose-pink flower spikes in late summer and fall and licorice-mint scented foliage. It is native to New Mexico and western Texas and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Grow in a border, herb garden, rock garden, or butterfly garden. Rubbing the foliage on skin reportedly repels mosquitoes.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsShowy spikes of flowers, fragrant foliage.

CareBorderline hardy in Zone 5. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Needs protection and good drainage.

PropagationSow seed in spring. Divide plants in summer. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Some plants may need winter protection where not hardy.

ProblemsMildew, rust, and downy mildew.

  • Genus : Agastache
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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