|Common Name:||Dwarf hummingbird mint|
|Plant Series||Agastache KUDOS™ Series|
|US Patent #||PP25614|
|EU Grant #||EU41116|
|Bloom Time||June, July, August, September|
|Flower Color||Orange, Pink|
|Growth Habit||Upright, Mounding|
|Hardiness Zone||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|How Different?||Very short, compact, and hardy. Shorter than 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' and bred with hardy species to make it hardier.|
|Landscape Value||It is a great perennial color spot for summer bloom. It is drought tolerant once established. It attracts hummingbirds.|
|Most Active Growing Season||Spring|
|Size (HT/W/FL HT)||17" / 16" / 22"|
|Soil (Garden)||Best in well drained, fertile Soil (Garden). Needs excellent drainage to overwinter. Mineral soils are fine.|
|Special Uses||Cut Flower, Deep South, Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Hummingbird Attractor, Pollinator Attractor|
Agastache ‘Kudos Ambrosia’
Creamy coconut, pale orange and light rose pink spikes have a charming, airy appearance. Low, tight mounds perform as a filler in containers or are lovely as a mass garden planting. Flower colors change constantly, blending well with almost any color in the spectrum.
|Water (Greenhouse)||Dry moderately between waterings.|
|EC||1.5 – 2.0|
|pH||5.5 – 6.5|
|Fertility Needs||100 – 150 ppm|
|Notes||Long days benefit overall plant vigor and flowering. Pinch at transplant is beneficial.|
|Finish Time to 4″||6 – 8 weeks|
|Finish Time to Gallon||10 – 12 weeks|
|Day Length for Flowering||Facultative Long Day|
Plant in spring after all danger of frost has passed. You can plant any time until early summer. Fall planting will stay dormant all winter and sprout at the appropriate time in spring.
Light: Grows and flowers best in full sun. They will survive part shade, especially afternoon shade in warmer climates, but may not flower as well.
Soil: Grows best on fertile, well-drained soils. It likes a soil close to neutral and in areas with acidic soils will benefit from the addition of lime.
Spacing: 4 to 6 weeks before a last frost date. Move plants outdoors when the transplants are at least 4 inches tall. Space plants 12 to 15 inches apart. You can also plant outdoor in rows, thinning to 1 foot apart after 4 leaves form.
Watering: Agastache is a drought-tolerant herb, especially once established. Keep the soil moist for germination and seedling growth. Once mature, these mint family plants are tough and can go weeks without watering.
Fertilizer: Amend the soil before planting with compost. Additional fertilizer usually isn’t needed. In fact, too much fertility will cause the plant to flower less and later, and reduce the essential oils in the leaves and flowers. It also can cause the stems to become floppy and fall over more easily.
Pruning: Trim back plants by pinching the new growth in spring to promote bushier growth. Deadhead (trim) spent flower stalks to keep the plant tidy. If growing as a perennial, don’t prune or deadhead past midsummer. Pruning too late in the season will stimulate new growth in fall that may not survive the winter.
Provide plenty of water when the plants are establishing, but they can mostly fend for themselves thereafter.
Growing Agastache in the butterfly garden not only attracts those beautiful insects, but pollinators and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbits do not seem to enjoy Agastache, which makes it ideal for the woodland garden.
Is Agastache a good pollinator plant?: It is a great pollinator plant, and especially attractive to bees and hummingbirds as well as butterflies.
Are the flowers edible?: Yes, you can make a tea from them.
Is Agastache deer resistant?: Some varieties are deer resistant.
How can I use agastache in my garden?: Agastache is a terrific border plant, ideal for cutting, a great choice for the pollinator garden, even for the herb garden. Any place with good well-drained soil and full sun.
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