Anise Hyssop Plant Profile
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a perennial plant that is native to most of North America. It is hardy to USDA zones 3 to 8.
It is not a long-lived plant, but it makes up for that by self-sowing itself about. I often find volunteer plants coming up in the cracks of my driveway. You can deadhead it to encourage reblooming and prevent prolific reseeding.
Anise Hyssop prefers full to part sun and is drought resistant once established. It can rot if planted in overly moist soils. It is deer- and rabbit- resistant as well.
It is a great pollinator garden addition. The flower spikes can range from almost white to deep blue. It is visited by bees, butterflies, beetles, and hummingbirds. Goldfinches and other birds enjoy eating the dried seeds.
Anise Hyssop is a member of the mint family and is not a true “hyssop” – despite its common name. When you crush the leaves, a mild licorice scent is released. It has herbal and culinary uses, most notably as a tea. It can also be used to flavor fruit salads and jellies.
Popular cultivars include ‘Golden Jubilee’, which has chartreuse foliage, and ‘Blue Fortune’, which is a sterile hybrid with the Korean hyssop (A. rugosa).
Anise Hyssop: You Can Grow That!
The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.
Audio and text by Kathy Jentz
Video and editing by Jamie Oberg
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