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Agastache foeniculum

Anise Hyssop

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPurple, lavender
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop). This is an upright, clumping perennial with mauve flowers produced at intervals in a whorl-like pattern on a flowering spike. The leaves are oval, irregularly toothed and dark green with a white-ish underside. The flowers themselves are not fragrant, but the leaves are.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

N. America

Interest and use

This species has ornamental flowers and can be used in salads, as a flavouring herb for roast meats, in baking and as a herbal tea. Medicinally, it is often used for digestive disorders. This plant is very attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

If the climate is mild the herb will grow as a perennial. Harvest the leaves on a dry day.

Propagation

By seed. Sow this species direct; where it is to flower.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew may effect the leaves in dry summers.

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