Giant Hyssop (Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset­®) in the Anise Hyssops Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Sonoran Sunset­®
Cultivar name: 'Sinning'
Common names:
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Botanical names:
Agastache cana Accepted
Cedronella hastifolia Synonym
Cedronella mexicana var. cana Synonym
Cedronella cana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: Said to repel mosquitoes.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Red violet, Lavender-rose, Magenta, Fuchsia, Lavender-pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Good self-seeder
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP13,673 (2003)
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Plant Select Winner

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'Sinning' was a featured
Plant of the Day for April 27, 2019.

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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2012-09-19Taken this morning
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Posted by GoCart (Denver, CO - Zone 5b) on Mar 21, 2018 10:28 PM

I just wanted to highlight the fragrance of this plant. it's quite amazing!

This is our first Anise Hyssop, so I'm guessing that this might apply to all/most of them, but this has been one of the most uniquely fragrant plants in our new landscape, which includes everything from Elfin Thyme to Chocolate Daisy. It seems to be a very aromatic, candy-sweet smell. Additionally, even the overwintered stalks and stems that we cut down in the spring still retain a rich smell even after being subjected to winter snow/wetness and drying out after.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Sep 19, 2012 8:18 AM

Grows like a weed here. Gets very large - this is a 2 year old plant and was bought in 2011 as a tiny 3" pot. It stands about 3' tall and is about 2' around. This particular plant gets only morning sun, which is why it's not as big as my other one, which is over 4' tall and 4' around.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 16, 2013 3:29 AM

Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset­ (also known as Sinning) is colorful and beautiful. It's a wonderful Agastache to grow in the garden. Compact to tuck in or grow in a container. It doesn't get too tall either. Hardy to zone 5, so a lot of people can enjoy growing it as a perennial in their flowerbeds. Longer blooming than some of the Agastaches.

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