Written by Don Richardson
Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum)
Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
24-36″ tall, 18″-36″ wide
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type
Sandy Loam to Clay Loam – Must drain well
Soil pH
6.0 to 7.5
Bloom Time
Late Spring to Late Summer
Hardiness Zones
4-8 (USDA)
Cold Hardiness 
-20° F
Upper USA
Self pollinates
Edible Plant
Yes - Flavoring
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

   The Agastache Foeniculum plant is a member of the Lamiaceae family and is also known as anise hyssop. This hardy perennial herb has been used in gardens and landscapes for many years due to its attractive blue-green foliage and showy purple flowers. Let's take a closer look at this beautiful plant, including its characteristics, uses, and care instructions. 

Characteristics of the Agastache Foeniculum Plant
This plant grows in a clump form and can reach heights of up to two feet tall. Its leaves are lanceolate in shape with jagged edges and are typically blue-green in color. The flowers of the Agastache Foeniculum plant are tubular-shaped and come in shades of lavender or pink. The blooms appear from mid-summer through early fall, attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. As the blossoms fade away, they leave behind small seed heads that resemble pinecones for added visual interest during winter months.
Uses of the Agastache Foeniculum Plant
The Agastache Foeniculum plant is not only aesthetically pleasing but it is also highly functional. It can be used as an edible herb; its leaves have a sweet licorice flavor that makes them great for adding to salads or teas, while its flowers can be used as a garnish or decoration on cakes or other desserts. Additionally, it can be planted near vegetables or fruit trees as a natural pesticide due to its strong scent which repels certain pests like aphids. In addition to being pest deterrents, these plants also attract friendly insects such as ladybugs who feed on destructive garden pests like aphids and spider mites. Finally, this herb is known for its medicinal properties; it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat conditions such as headaches, nausea, and digestive issues.  
Caring for the Agastache Foeniculum Plant
The Agastache Foeniculum plant is easy to care for once established but does require some attention when first planted. It prefers full sun or partial shade with well-draining soil; if your soil tends towards clay or sandiness consider amending it with compost before planting your new herbaceous friend! Water regularly during dry spells; however be careful not to overwater as too much water can cause root rot which will kill your plants quickly! Finally provide regular fertilization throughout the growing season using organic fertilizer specifically formulated for herbs like these; this will help keep your plants healthy and happy all season long!                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The Agastache Foeniculum plant offers plenty of beauty along with practical benefits that make it ideal for any garden setting! With its attractive foliage, vibrant purple flowers, ability to repel pests naturally without harsh chemicals, plus its delicious licorice flavor—it’s no wonder why this perennial herb has been popular among gardeners since ancient times! By following proper care instructions such as providing adequate sunlight exposure, well-draining soil, regular watering during dry spells, plus occasional fertilization—you’ll be able to enjoy this stunning addition to your landscape year after year!


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