Hummingbird Mint (Agastache cana) in the Anise Hyssops Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Good self-seeder
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Not suitable for containers

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 6:48 AM

"Individuals of this species grow to an average height of 3 feet by 2 feet wide in a shrub habit. It is an erect perennial species with ovate leaves, semi-woody structure, and profuse branching. The flowers of the Mosquito Plant are 5 zygomorphic petals fused into a tube shape. Two of these petals extend forward like a visor, while the other 3 petals form a reflexed lip. The flowers are arranged in whorls accompanied by compact spikes. The tubular shape flower blossoms as dark pink clusters and towers over the mint scented foliage. The fruit that arise from these plants divide into 4 dark nutlets each about 2 mm long. The grayish-green colored leaves (cana means grey) has a mint bubblegum fragrance. The flowers are hermaphroditic, which means the flower contains both male and female parts. A. cana is a prolific organism, which means it actively reproduces all growing season. It begins to blossom in early June and continues to bloom until late September.

This species is generally found in New Mexico and Texas in southern mountains at elevations of about 5,000-6,000 feet. They can be found in crevices and cracks of granite cliffs or in canyon edges.These elevations provide dry slopes and neutral pH soil for A. cana. This species is low maintenance. It prefers to grow in well drained soil and needs full exposure to sun. This species needs good drainage in order to avoid over growth of mold and mildew in the soil.It needs medium amounts of water to sustain itself. A. cana is a drought tolerant organism and can endure cold temperatures up to -20 ̊F. A. cana thrives in contained areas and herb gardens. It is an attractant of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Butterflies are essentially drawn in by the scent of the flowers, while hummingbirds are attracted to the sweet nectar and tubular-shaped blossoms of bright reds or purples.

The Mosquito Plant has obtained recognition for attracting broad-tailed hummingbirds that are used for migration pattern studies. It is also known to be an herb that is edible. Dried petals of the flower and leaves can be used in tea. This species is used for ornamental purposes for many rock garden homes in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Most importantly, A. cana is known for being a natural mosquito repellent. This mint family member has a highly flavored oil that minimizes contact with many flying insects, including mosquitos. It works in the same way as the citronella-geranium hybrid plant. In order to release the mosquito-repelling odor, the plant needs to be crushed and rubbed unto surfaces. Many people apply the contents of the crushed plant directly to their skin. When A. cana is brought together with larval control and mosquito breeding sites, it can effectively decrease the mosquito population in a given area."

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 8:33 AM

Grows like a weed. Tag stated that it only grows to 18" by 18". I have one that grows faithfully every year to almost 5 ft tall & around! Hummingbirds are definitely attracted to this plant. Even when dead in the winter, the dead stalks still retain their wonderful scent!

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