Native Plant of the Week: Anise Hyssop

Updated: Mar 8

Family: Lamiaceae


Name: Agastache foeniculum - Anise Hyssop


Bloom Time: July - Frost


Flower: Lavender Blue


Soil Condition: Dry, Average, Well Drained


Light: Sun, Partial Shade


Height: 24-36" tall by 24-36" wide


Native Range: North America


Zone: 4 to 9

With its beautiful gray-green foliage and gorgeous lavender blue flowers, Agastache foeniculum makes a fantastic plant for the garden or a planter. It is a very important nectar source for our bumble bees and other native pollinators. Seeds are ready for picking in the fall, but be sure to leave some for the songbirds to eat and to reseed in the garden. Makes a great fresh cut and dried flower.


Fun Fact: Common name refers to the anise (licorice) scented foliage. It's delicious picked right from the plant or added to a salad. It may also be used to make tea and jellies.

Maintenance: Deadheading spent flowers will prolong bloom time, just remember to leave some for the birds. Divide plant in spring or fall. Soil must be well-drained or plants will decline.


Benefits: deer and rabbit resistant, songbirds eat the seeds, pollinators


Companion Plants: Solidago nemoralis - Gray Goldenrod, Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem, Callirhoe involucrata - Poppy Mallow, Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium - Aromatic Aster


pictures: KMS Native Plants LLC

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References:

1. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AGFO

2. http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Agastache-foeniculum

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