Anise hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
ag-ah-STAK-ee foe-NIK-yew-lum
Genus:  Agastache

A classic plant for both herb gardens and borders, anise hyssop is composed of erect branches of mint-and-licorice-scented, medium green leaves ending in fuzzy spikes of small lavender flowers. The plant grows to 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide and reseeds freely. The flowers are edible and are charming crumbled into salads. The flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Resistant to deer.

Care: 

Provide full sun and moist to dry, well-drained soil.

Propagation: 

 Divide clumps in spring or transplant self-sown seedlings.

Problems: 

Occasional downy mildew my occur. 

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Beneficial Bugs,
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Sun
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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