Blue Giant/Anise Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

Agastache fenouil

Anise Hyssop has flower spikes that burst with a myriad of tiny blooms that span the purple spectrum: from soft lavender to rich violet; the spikes can grow to be 3-6 inches long. It is easily grown and maintained in a small urban garden. Plants self-sow readily, but undesired seedlings are easy to pull.

This plant is in the mint family, though its aromatic leaves have a licorice-like (anise) scent. Anise hyssop can be enjoyed in salad dressings, herbal tea blends, and potpourri.

For the Pollinators

The blossoms pop open in intervals, providing a long nectar season and making Anise Hyssop is very attractive to bees, including bumblebees, mining bees, leaf-cutting bees, sweat bees and masked bees. It is also visited by various butterflies, skippers and moths, as well as hummingbirds. Goldfinches and other birds may feed on the seeds.