Anise-Hyssop

A licorice flavored and scented herb. Most plants can survive temperatures down to 10 F if heavily mulched. Give plenty of water when the plants are establishing, but once it matures it can fend for itself. Attracts pollinating insects and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbits do not seem to enjoy this herb, which makes it ideal for woodland areas. Anise-Hyssop is tolerant of low water and nutrient conditions, and provides a color display for months.

History
Agastache foeniculum – Anise Hyssop is a native perennial member of the mint family.  Also called Blue Giant Hyssop, Licorice Mint and Hummingbird Mint. A lovely and fragant ornamental well-suited for the back of the border, the entire plant smells sweetly of anise.  It is also called Licorice Mint, (Anise – Pimpinella anisum – is a totally different plant, but its used to describe the flavor of other plants), and is one of those great herbs that grows well in the shade.

Anise Hyssop has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans. The Cheyenne used Anise Hyssop tea to relieve depression, while the Cree and Chippewa included it in protective medicine bundles.

Crafters like Anice Hyssop because it’s blossoms retain their fragrance and color when dried.

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