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Agastache cana 'Purple Pygmy'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agastache (ah-gas-TAH-kee) (Info)
Species: cana (KAN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Pygmy

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18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kqcrna On Oct 6, 2007, kqcrna from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I wintersowed this plant this year and it has been blooming beautifully for months. It does indeed smell like bubble gum. It was very tolerant of our unusually hot and dry summer.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Purple Pygmy' is a terrific selection of Agastache cana with bright purple flowers that attract hummingbirds like crazy. The foliage is very fragrant -- it smells like Double Bubble Gum. To top it off, this perennial is drought tolerant, and it blooms all summer.


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

Elk Grove, California
Richmond, California
Vacaville, California
Deland, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Omaha, Nebraska
Cincinnati, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Spokane, Washington

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