Agastache cana is also known as Mosquito Plant, Texas Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop, or Hummingbird Mint. It is from the mint family or Lamiaceae. It is easy to grow.
This perennial just like mint has aromatic foliage. Agastache cana is native to the Southern United States. Cana means grey and refers to the greyish-green leaves of this plant.
Agastache cana grows to 3′ or 90cm tall and loves the sun. The leaves when crushed smell like mint. Agastache cana has bright pink flowers that bloom from late spring, summer to fall. It contributes a lot of color to the landscape for a long period of the season.
The flowers are tubular and grow on tall spikes. Five petals fused together, make the tube. The flowers are hermaphroditic. This means they have both male and female parts. Agastache cana attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. But it is deer resistant.
How to grow Agastache cana:
Grow Agastache cana in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in average, medium to dry soil that is well-drained. The sun is better than partial shade, it will increase flowering. Agastache cana tolerates heat, drought and humidity. It is great for borders but also can be planted in containers. Agastache cana is self-seeding so if you don’t want it to spread then remove the faded flowers. It is disease-free and pest-free.
The common name Mosquito plant is due to aroma of the leaves when crushed on human skin reportedly repels mosquitos.