Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum) is in the Mint family and produces many showy purple flower spikes over fragrant, dark green foliage. Excellent for semi-shaded spots or in full sun, this biennial will reproduce readily by itself once established. The leaves and flowers emit a strong licorice odor when crushed and can be used in cooking and for tea. Easy to grow from seed, requiring only medium to moist well-drained soil. Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to Anise Hyssop. Deer Resistant.
Agastache is from the Greek agan (very much) and stachys (a spike) referring to the many flower spikes.
|Sun Exposure||Savanna, Prairie|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic|
|Bloom Time||Summer, Fall
June, July, August, September
|Max. Height||3 feet|
|Germ Code||C(30) D|
|Seeds Per Packet||10,000|
|Seeds Per Ounce||90,000|
Native Americans made a tea from the leaves to use as a gargle for sore throats. The tea was also thought to relieve gas and stomachaches and to loosen phlegm. It was used with Horehound to treat bronchitis, coughs and asthma. Used externally to treat rheumatism, muscle aches, wounds and sprains. Contains compounds being researched for controlling AIDS.
Leaves and Flowers: Raw or cooked. They are used as a flavouring in raw or cooked dishes. Excellent raw, they have a sweet aniseed flavour and are one of our favourite flavourings in salads. They make a delicious addition to the salad bowl and can also be used to flavour cooked foods, especially acid fruits.The only drawback to the leaves is that they tend to have a drying effect in the mouth and so cannot be eaten in quantity. A pleasant tasting tea is made from the leaves.
The leaves are cardiac and diaphoretic. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of colds, fevers, weak heart etc. When left to go cold, the infusion is used to treat pains in the chest (such as when the lungs are sore from too much coughing). A poultice of leaves and stems can be used to treat burns.