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Native Plant of the Week: Anise Hyssop

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

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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