AGASTACHE foeniculum (Lavender Hyssop, Anise Hyssop) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to North America, where it grows in prairies, meadows, and open woods.
Lavender Hyssop is a clump-forming plant that grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm) and a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has aromatic, lance-shaped leaves that are medium to dark green in color and are arranged in pairs along the square stems. The plant produces dense spikes of small, tubular flowers that are lavender-blue or violet in color and bloom from mid-summer to early fall. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Having bright blue flowers at the erect stem of plant, Agastache Foeniculum enhance the beauty of land where they grow. While blooming, their purple colored flowers attract the insects and butterflies. Thus it can be said that they are rich in nectars. All the parts of Agastache Foeniculum are useful for various purposes, i.e. the fragrant leaves can be used to make jellies, seeds can be used for muffins production. Flowers with spikes shape have the maximum area for pollination.
Lavender Hyssop is a hardy and adaptable plant that prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and can grow in a wide range of soil conditions. The plant is often used in herb gardens, mixed borders, and meadow plantings. It is also used in teas and as a culinary herb, as the leaves and flowers have a sweet, licorice-like flavor and aroma.
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Scientific Name: Agastache Foeniculum
Common Name: Anise hyssop
Plant Type: Perennials
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Native Range: Northern North America
Full growth height: 2-4 ft
Width in across: 1 ft
Exposure: Full to partial sunlight
Blooming Season: June to September
Flower: Cut shape, Bright Color with a Decent Scent
Flower Color: Blue to Bright Purple
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Very Low, Dry to Medium
Soil Type: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Zones: 4 to 8
Recommended Uses: Jellies, Cookies and Herbs