Anise-hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a tough old prairie native that is dependable and drought tolerant once established.The flowers attract all manner of pollinators and beneficial insects to the garden, birds like the seeds, and I like to use the flowers in tea and as a flavourful dessert herb. Sometimes it’s just nice to run my hands over the leaves and flowers for the smell, which is a mix of licorice or anise and mint with a hint of fruitiness.
Both the leaves and flowers are edible and can be used to brew tea, make iced tea, lemonade, ice cream, shortbread, and cakes.
Special Notes: Full Sun. Ornamental. Delicious edible flowers. Pollinators love it! Self-seeding once established. Cut flower spikes when newly opened and hang to dry.
You Get: A mix of regular anise-hyssop and the chartreuse variety 'Golden Jubilee.' Sorry, I can not guarantee the quantity you will receive of each variety per pack.
Seed Starting and Growing: Scatter seed directly into the garden in the spring. Keep the soil consistently moist through germination and until the seedlings are established. Grow in well-draining soil. I have a lot of luck with it in soil that is sandy or sandy-loam.In one of the photos you can see it in my garden growing alongside hardy cactus.Will grow in large containers.Years ago I established a patch in a planter box on the roof of my building. This plant thrived 3 floors up where it was windy, hot, and DRY.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.