Anise Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum

Anise hyssop is one of those plants that keeps revealing secrets to you. What I mean by this is that I wasn’t aware that this was even “anise hyssop” after it was first planted. But if you love black licorice like I do, this plant is a real treasure; its leaves really do taste like the candy, and I found myself visiting the plant frequently for a few leaves to chew.

It is clear that this plant is loved also by bees. The flower spikes it produces are visited by bumblebees, and it’s very satisfying to watch the bees come for nourishment because obviously hyssop is generous to a fault.

The seed production of this plant offers are also something of a phenomenon. So many seeds do just a few of these plants produce we were able to sow thousands of these plants plus give away several dozens of seed packets to schools.

Since this plant is wildly prolific, it is a variety you obviously don’t want to plant in an area you don’t want it to spread. When Monika first planted this in a little postage stamp prairie area, she planted it with other competitive perennials, so it has held its own quite well.

This spring, I am especially excited to learn what other surprises this plant has in store.


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