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Anise Hyssop is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to North America. It is valued for its fragrant leaves and colourful flowers. It is a clump-forming plant that typically reaches a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 centimetres). It has square stems covered with small, lance-shaped leaves.  The leaves are bright green and are highly aromatic. They emit a sweet, anise-like scent when crushed.  The plant produces showy spikes of tubular flowers in shades of purple, blue, or lavender. These flowers are attractive to pollinators, including bees and butterflies.  The aroma is sweet, licorice-like, and herbal, and it adds a delightful fragrance to the garden.

Anise hyssop leaves can be used as a culinary herb to flavour teas, desserts, and baked goods.    The leaves can also be used in salads, fruit dishes, and as a garnish.

In traditional herbal medicineAnise Hyssop has been used for its potential health benefits.  It was historically used to treat various ailments, including digestive issues and respiratory complaints.

Some people use anise hyssop tea for its calming and soothing properties.  The tea works well when combined with ginger and honey to soothe a thickly cough.

Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum

  • Anise Hyssop is a relatively easy herb to grow. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.

    It can be propagated from seeds or by dividing established plants. Regular pruning can help maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth.

    The colorful spikes of flowers and fragrant leaves make it a charming addition to gardens and landscapes.

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