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Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop
Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia'
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop flowers
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Height: 22 inches
Spread: 16 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Anise Hyssop, Licorice Mint, Hummingbird Mint
Group/Class: Kudos Series
Brand: Terra Nova
Easy to grow perennial flowers on airy spikes add lovely texture to any garden; pale orange buds open to rosy pink and cream blooms; a favorite for native butterflies and hummingbirds; aromatic, licorice scented foliage for a fragrant garden
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop features airy spikes of lightly-scented rose tubular flowers with creamy white overtones rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive orange flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant narrow leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning grayish green in color throughout the season.
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop is an open herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Herb Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop will grow to be about 17 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 6 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Kudos™ Ambrosia Hyssop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.