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Anise hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

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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 numerous pollinators, especially bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPollinators love the flowers. Foliage is fragrant. This plant is resistant to deer and drought.

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

Propagation Divide clumps in spring or transplant self-sown seedlings.

ProblemsOccasional downy mildew may occur. 

  • Genus : Agastache
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds
  • Uses : Color, Dry areas, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Sun
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest, Summer Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Purple
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