Anise Hyssop

A very attractive plant with showy purple flowers that produce abundant nectar which yields a light fragrant honey – highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Delightful for tea or as a culinary seasoning. Grows erect branches of anise-scented, medium green leaves that end in fuzzy flower spikes. The tall stems grow to around 90-120 cm (36-48″) tall.  The flowers are edible and are charming crumbled into salads.

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Description

Botanical name
Agastache foeniculum

Family
Lamiaceae

Spacing
Leave 50 cm (20″) between plants in the garden

Depth
Press seeds lightly into the compost, but do not cover, as light aids germination of seeds.

Requirements
Full sun to part shade; moist to dry, well-drained soil.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 14-28 days

Pests
Occasional downy mildew

Timing
Sow directly onto soil surface in spring or fall. For an earlier start, sow early in February-March under glass to flower September-October.

Growing
Easy to grow and maintain. Cut back flower stalks as flowers fade.

Harvest
July to September

Season
Perennial