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Hyssop Agastache foeniculum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Hyssop:

Phonetic Spelling
ah-GAH-sta-kee fin-ICK-yoo-lum
Description

Planted in full or partial sun, and mesic to dry conditions this perennial grows 3 to 5 foot tall and is planted 2 to 24 inch apart in well drained soil. The foliage has an anise or licorice scent and can be used as flavoring in salads and teas.  Seeds can be used in cookies cakes and muffins. The upper stems terminate in spikes of flowers that can come in many colors about 3-6" long. The small flowers are arranged in dense whorls that are crowded along the spike; the flowers are replaced by smooth, oval-shaped nutlets. Flowering starts, even in unfavorable summers, in late July and continues until late autumn. The plants will self-seed in the garden and usually overwinter well. Anise hyssop will attract bees, butterflies and/or birds to the garden.

No serious insect or disease problems. Crown/root rot may develop in poorly drained soils. Watch for rust, powdery mildew and leaf spots.

 

Propagation: Seed, division in spring or fall

Soil: Moist, well-drained soils

Light: Sun, light shade

Space: 12 to 24 in.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Blazes'
  • ‘Blue Fortune’
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#pink#sun#birds#full sun#summer#blue#perennial#salmon#violet#light shade#wildlife plant#pink flowers#partial sun#aromatic#blue flowers#salmon flowers#disease resistant#cpp#pest resistant#violet flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Blazes'
  • ‘Blue Fortune’
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#pink#sun#birds#full sun#summer#blue#perennial#salmon#violet#light shade#wildlife plant#pink flowers#partial sun#aromatic#blue flowers#salmon flowers#disease resistant#cpp#pest resistant#violet flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agastache
    Species:
    foeniculum
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Anise hyssop will attract bees, butterflies and/or birds to the garden.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    insects, diseases
    Edibility:
    The foliage has an anise or licorice scent and can be used as flavoring in salads and teas. Seeds can be used in cookies cakes and muffins. Flower can be used as a seasoning or in tea.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds can be used in cookies cakes and muffins.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers range in colors from blue, violet, pink, to salmon. The upper stems terminate in spikes of flowers that can come in many colors about 3-6" long. The small flowers are arranged in dense whorls that are crowded along the spike; the flowers are replaced by smooth, oval-shaped nutlets. Flowering starts, even in unfavorable summers, in late July and continues until late autumn.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The foliage has an anise or licorice scent and can be used as flavoring in salads and teas.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests