Agastache, Hybrid Anise-Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint 'Ava'


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




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 27, 2017, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We loved Ava for a couple of years but after the last winter (2016-17) it didn't come back. We loved it so much that I ordered it again. This time, we'll try over-wintering it indoors. I have been trying and failing for years with agastache but it's so fun to try again! DEFINITELY not recommended for New England.


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 .


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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!!!!!


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.