Agastache Kudos CoralKudos Coral Agastache has honey-mint scented, tubular flowers all along a tall bloom spike similar to Salvia. It is no coincidence since they are both members of the mint family. The Kudos series was bread to have a short, semi-dwarf habit with mid-green foliage that creates a bushy mound.  This series also has a higher resistance to downy mildew. Enjoy loads of  bloom spikes from early summer to early fall. Some other names that you might find associated with Agastache are Hummingbird Mint, Mexican Hyssop and Anise Hyssop.

The word Agastache comes from the Greek words agan, meaning much and stachys, meaning grain stalk. Some varieties are native to the upper midwest and Great Plains while others are found in the southwest and northern Mexico. Leaves of this plant can be used in teas and jellies and if dried, in potpourri. The seeds are a tasty addition to cookies and muffins. Agastache likes most soil conditions but avoid hard packed clay and very dense soils. Make sure that wherever you put it that the soil drains well and that there is some air flow. Agastache are not fond of the wet and can develop root rot and foliar diseases such as downy mildew. Remove old growth in early spring before the new growth begins to appear. This will keep your plant looking neat and tidy.

Size: #1QT

Spacing: Plant 16″ to 20″ apart.

Height: Grows 18″ to 20″ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Remove spent flower heads to promote new growth. Agastache attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and makes great cut flowers. Deer resistant. The blooms are also great for drying.

Tips: Medium to dry soil requirements. Drought tolerant when established.

Uses: Garden Beds, Landscapes, Cut Flower, Xeriscapes

Picture © 2016 Ball Horticultural Company

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