(Kudos Red Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of deep red flowers are accented by mid-green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Red is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.
Agastaches are ideal companion plants for Salvias and beneficial choices for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- they thrive in low-fertility soils, but need excellent drainage.
Kudos Red is a fragrant, long-blooming Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries.
Most Agastaches are native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. These are the most heat- and drought-tolerant members of the genus. In contrast, some species -- such as the Asian Agastache rugosa -- can handle more moisture and colder winters. This one does well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5.
By crossing Southwestern species with varieties of Agastache rugosa, you gain the best of both types as in the Kudos Series. Kudos Agastaches are more compact, floriferous, long flowering and weather-resistant than most Agastaches. Their non-browning calyces create long-lasting color that endures even when blossoms are gone.