Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
This species grows from 2 ft (61 cm) to 4 ft (120 cm) tall and 1 ft (30 cm) wide, in a clump-like, upright shape, with flowers appearing in showy verticillasters, or false whorls, and occasionally branching at the apex. The leaves have an oval, toothed shape with a white tint underneath. The plant blooms in June to September with bright lavender flowers that become more colorful near the tip. One plant may produce upwards of 90,000 individual flowers. The root system produces a taproot. Purchasing an ounce of Anise Hyssop seed can result in over a hundred plants in up to a quarter acre garden area.
Anise Hyssop has a long history of medicinal use in America. Modern day herbalists continue to harvest this species for tea, tinctures and bouquets. Pollinators love all the Hyssop plants. The aroma of this Hyssop is astonishing. Fresh, sharp, licorice in the right way. Some of our team members start summer mornings at our farm by eating flowerheads of this spicy native herb.
If you’d like to hire our landscaping team for a design/build pollinator garden system project with Hyssop and other native plants, we’d love to meet you! Fill out our consultation request form and we’ll be in touch soon.