Agastache foeniculum, or Anise Hyssop is a delightful perennial herb. It is considered a valuable plant for attracting native bees and butterflies. Minty, anise scented leaves are refreshing in iced or hot teas. This plant is native to much of north-central and northern America notably the Great Plains and other prairies. Other Agastache species are western United States in many different elevations and microclimates. We fell in love with brushing up against Agastache’s fragrant leaves on many hikes and backpacking trips. In the garden, Agastache is not invasive.
This one blooms in summer at 24 to 48 inches tall with prolific purple flowers. It is a great addition to a food forest garden or at the edge of a row of vegetables. Due to its strong minty, anise/licorice flavor, it is purportedly deer resistant. Anise hyssop also attracts beneficial garden pollinators and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower as it is striking in flower arrangements. Perennial in USDA zones 4-8.
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