Agastache cana

Agastache cana
Mosquito Plant, Hummingbirds Plant

Agastache cana is an erect perennial with ovate leaves having a scent of bubblegum and camphor. The stems are approximately 20-100cm. in length and bear dark pink to rose-purple blooms, 12-25mm long, in whorls on compact spikes. There are 5 zygomorphic petals fused into a tube with the two small upper petals extending forward much like the visor of a cap, and the three lower petals forming a reflexed lip. The fruit divides 4 dark nutlets each about 2 mm long. Its blooming period is June-September. Agastache cana is also known by its synonyms: Brittonastrum canum (section Brittonastrum), and Cedronella cana. Its vernacular or common names include: grayish white giant hyssop, hummingbird mint, mosquito plant, double bubblemint. This species is commonly found in Texas and New Mexico in southern mountains at elevations from 5,000-6,000 feet and prefers a well drained soil, in full sun with medium amounts of water. A. cana is rated for USDA Zones 5-10, but has been shown drought tolerant down to zone 3. It grows to a height of 24"-36" and a width of 18" making it ideal for mixed borders and herb gardens. It is an attractant of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, and is said to repel mosquitoes when crushed foliage is rubbed on the skin.

Agastache cana Cultivars & Hybrids

Agastache cana'Heather Queen', is an erect perennial with dark pink blooms in early summer. It grows best in fertile,well drained soil and full sun, and will attain a height of 30"-36" and 18" in width. It is hardiness rated for USDA Zones 7-10, but is very tolerant of drought, heat, cold and excessive rain. It is ideal for perennial borders and herb gardens or containers due to its compact size.

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