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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Agastache foeniculum Accepted
Stachys foeniculum Synonym
Agastache anethiodora Synonym
Agastache anisata Synonym
Lophanthus anisatus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Lavender to purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 1 month cold moist treatment
Depth to plant seed: Sow on soil surface.
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Good self-seeder
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Salvias and Agastaches: Gardener's DelightSalvias and Agastaches: Gardener's Delight
By Catmint20906 on September 17, 2015

Salvias and Agastaches are favorites in my garden. They are not only ornamental, but also highly beneficial. Here are three reasons, aside from their stunning and abundant beauty, to grow Salvias and Agastaches in your garden.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2012 4:30 PM

The flowers are cross-pollinated primarily by honeybees, bumblebees, digger bees (Melissodes spp.), leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp.), Halictid bees (Lasioglossum spp., etc.), and Masked bees (Hylaeus spp.) seeking nectar or pollen. The flowers are also visited by an oligolectic bee, Doufourea monardae. Other occasional floral visitors are Syrphid flies, bee flies, and various butterflies, skippers, and moths.

Mammalian herbivores normally avoid consumption of this plant as the anise scent of the foliage is repugnant to them. The anise scent may also deter some leaf-chewing insect species.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 6:32 AM

"Agastache foeniculum, commonly called anise hyssop, is a species of perennial plant in the mint family, (Lamiaceae). This plant is native to much of north-central and northern North America.

Anise hyssop is in the same family as hyssop (the mint family Lamiaceae), but they are not closely related. Hyssop (Hyssopus) is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia.

Anise hyssop was used medicinally by Native Americans for cough, fevers, wounds, diarrhea. The soft, anise-scented leaves are used as a seasoning, as a tea, and in potpourri. The purple flower spike is favored by bees who make a light fragrant honey from the nectar."

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 3, 2014 2:41 PM

Agastache foeniculum has special value to native, bumble, and honey bees, and attracts a variety of bee species including longhorned, bumble, small resin, and leafcutter bees.

This plant also plays a beneficial role in the garden by attracting predatory insects such as bee flies and soldier beetles. These beneficial insects feed on a variety of common garden pests.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 27, 2018 5:51 PM

The name of "Agastache" for this perennial of the Mint Family comes from Greek meaning "many spikes" and "foeniculum" comes from Latin for "hay." This species has a large native range of all of southern Canada into the Northwest Territory, some of New England & New York down into Kentucky through Illinois to Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, & Washington. This is a very easy upright plant for sunny, well-drained soils. It has a small taproot and some spreading rhizomes. It can be divided in spring or fall, but I think this is one of the perennials that can be left alone. The purple flower spikes are about 3 to 6 inches long and do not have a scent, but are very attractive to many kinds of bees and to flies, butterflies, moths, and an occasional hummingbird. It blooms about 2 months and the bloom can be extended some by dead-heading. The crushed leaves have an anise scent and can be used to make a tea. It is sold by most native plant nurseries and by many conventional nurseries also. There are several cultivars. My neighbour across the street has had two of them for about 15 years and they keep doing well.

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