Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
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- Edible Crop
- Border (Middle), Kitchen Garden
- July - October
- 90cm (36in)
- Common name
- Anise hyssop
- Full Sun
- 45cm (18in)
- Sow under cover in autumn, winter or spring. Do not cover seed as it needs light to germinate. Pot on and plant out once large enough and soil is warm.
Dusky mauve flower spikes appear in summer drawing pollinators to them like magnets, this is a mound-forming, drought tolerant perennial which has soft, downy foliage highly scented with mint and aniseed.
The flowers of Anise hyssop have a sweet licorice-like flavour which can be used in baking and for making a delicious tea.
Agastache prefers sunny free-draining soil. They do not require extra feeding - this will only encourage leggy growth. The plants will be stronger and more floriferous if you cut back flower stalks as flowers fade.