Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Hummingbird Mint (Agastache cana)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family

Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

Common Names

Texas hummingbird mint, Bubblegum mint Hyssop, Double bubblemint, Wild hyssop, Mosquito plant, Mexican hyssop, Licorice mint


Hummingbird mint (Agastache cana).
Photo credit: S. Buffler


Butterfly and hummingbird feeding on hummingbird mint (unknown cultivar)
Photo credit:Yarrow54 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


  • Long lived perennial native to the southwestern United States
  • Adapted to USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 7 but may persist in Zone 4 if planted in warmer microclimates
  • Many other agastache species can be used as water wise landscape plants
  • Grows to about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide
  • Pink to raspberry colored tubular shaped flowers
  • Blooms from mid-summer through fall until frost
  • Tolerates dry native soils with no additional fertilizer
  • Deer and rabbit resistant

Hyssops are a popular choice for the warm and dry regions of the western U.S.  Many cultivars are available that will do well in southern states and warmer regions of the mid west.




Additional Resources:

The Hummingbird Society


Missisippi - Agastache can provide garden color, fragrance


Texas -  Native Plant Database


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.