Anise Hyssop1


Herbaceous perennial with anise flavoured leaves and bee-attracting flowers



  • Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum
  • Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
  • Form: Herb
  • Lifecycle: Herbaceous perennial
  • Use 1. Culinary: The leaves have a distinct anise flavour and can be used raw in both green and fruit salads, adding a wonderful taste and aroma.
  • Use 2. Medicinal: An infusion of the leaves can be used to treat colds and fevers, and to ease a sore chest. The leaves and stems can also be made into a poultice to treat burns.
  • Use 3. Tea: The leaves make a very refreshing anise flavoured brew.
  • Use 4. Bee Attractor: One of the best herbs for attracting bees, with its spikes of purple long-blooming flowers which provide copious nectar.
  • Use 5. Dried Flowers: The flowers retain their colour and fragrance when dried.
  • Growing Conditions: Prefers lighter, well drained soil in full sun but is tolerant of both wet and dry, and partial shade.
  • Height x width: 90cm when in flower x 30cm
  • Hardiness: Hardy to -6
  • Flowering time:  Mid summer – mid autumn
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Biodiversity value: Very attractive to bees and butterflies
  • Native to: North America
  • Food Forest Fit: Herbaceous layer. Excellent companion plant.
  • Fun Fact: The 1969 edition of the Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening claims that one acre planted in anise hyssop can support 100 honeybee hives.
  • Pot size: 9cm