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PlantFiles: Hybrid Anise Hyssop
Agastache 'Ava'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agastache (ah-gas-TAH-kee) (Info)
Cultivar: Ava

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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8 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jcmeinster On Sep 13, 2013, Jcmeinster from Conroe, TX wrote:

I'm planning on planting more next year hummingbirds love it !
I'll wait for end of the year specials , than I'll repot them to overwinter ( at least three gallon pots) and finally plant them in the ground early spring.
A minimum of 8 hrs of sun on your garden location is perfect , water two times a week ( up to three times on sandy soil or hot extreme temperatures for my zone) Do Not over fertilized , add some slow released organic fertilizer if possible at planting time in the hole and top dress a couple inches with compost and You'll be rewarded with tons of blooms from July to late September .
Note : Plant in a protected area from wind if wind gust are trouble in your area , for normal wind condition gardens staking is fully recommended for better looking shape .

Positive MissS On Jun 24, 2013, MissS from Pewaukee, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Gorgeous plant with non-stop blooms from the end of June to frost. This plant has survived 2 years in my zone 5 garden. It is easy to propagate from seed and cuttings.
While tall, mine does not break off or require staking. I have it planted on a slope with gravel/clay soil.

Neutral palmetto3703 On Mar 23, 2012, palmetto3703 from Mico, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just got the plant from high country gardens, in zone 8 B with summers at 130 degrees and really hot in the sun, all my areas with really well draing soil in the sun pretty much should i try for partial shade with this plant, everyone who has success is in cooler areas than me!! YIKES!! SS

Positive Josephine_SC On Apr 10, 2011, Josephine_SC from Clemson, SC wrote:

Positive so far. Planted young plants from High Country Gardens late last summer. They look quite perky this spring. So far they've survived a very wet winter, a voracious groundhog and a maniacally digging dog.

Positive wakemper On Oct 17, 2009, wakemper from Irrigon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has done well in Irrigon,Or. We have strong winds 25-30 mph it still seems not to bother this plant. Grew about 5 ft.

Negative tomato2 On Jun 2, 2009, tomato2 from Placitas, NM wrote:

An absolutely beautiful and tall growing Agastache, but the stems are too brittle and break off in the wind, even when pinched back in the spring. There are better Agastaches available.

Positive angele On Jan 23, 2009, angele wrote:

A lovely plant and the hummingbirds do love it. This plant grew very strongly for me in Elephant Butte, NM. There was no problem with stems or branches breaking.

Negative Xeriscape On Aug 13, 2008, Xeriscape from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant looks good and blooms wonderfully. However, the stalks are extremely sensitive and break at the slightest touch. I've watched them break when a hummingbird flew from bloom to bloom.

Positive Marilynbeth On Jul 29, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Gorgeous! Wonderful 'all around' plant! Great for Hummers!

Positive mambrose On Jul 19, 2007, mambrose from Millis, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has thrived in pure sand. Needs good drainage in this area. Enormous and gorgeous!!!!!

Positive pinballer3 On May 24, 2007, pinballer3 from Brighton, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Ava grew over 4 feet tall and bloomed non-stop from mid-summer to first frost. The two shades of purple in the bloom are absolutely gorgeous and it was a hummingbird favorite. It appears that the wet winter in Denver has had a negative affect on 2 of 3 plants this spring however, as their growth rate is 1/3 of the best plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brighton, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hebron, Kentucky
Lafayette, Louisiana
Millis, Massachusetts
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Irrigon, Oregon
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Clemson, South Carolina
Conroe, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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