(Agastache foeniculum) This fragrant bushy 2-3’ plant is divine! Smelling sweetly of licorice and mint it greets the gardener/farmer, bee, butterfly, and hummingbird with long-standing dense blooms of deep violet 8-10” flower spikes. Long ago nicknamed, 'The Wonder Honey Plant, the beneficial insects, and pollinators it will introduce to your garden are reason enough to add it to your list. Both the leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried in teas, and salads and are equally wonderful as a cut flower. Tea made from Anise Hyssop is a cooling drink on a hot summer day. Bees freak for this. Good luck getting any away from them! Withstands hard frost fairly well, long-standing. Perennial.
65 days. UO
Packet: 50 seeds
Product Code: HER-AH-pkt
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Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out after last frost.
May be direct seeded after last frost.
Note: Longstanding and withstands hard frost.
8-12" between plants in rows 12" apart.
7-16 days @ soil temp 70-80F
Low to average. Well-drained, evenly moist, and loamy soil is preferred although they are rather forgiving.
While not absolutely necessary, you may provide staking or netting to keep them upright and tidy.
Wonderful for bringing pollinators into the garden!
Edible leaves and flowers are perfect for tea (dry) or sprinkling on cakes and salads.
Fresh or dried flowers.
Harvest flowers when 1/3-1/2 of them are open. Expect a vase life of 7-10 days. These do drop their tiny flowers.