Lavender Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum

Lavender Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Summer
Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Purple
Fragrance: Yes
Height: 1 - 3 feet
Spacing: 1 foot


Lavender Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), also known as Anise Hyssop, is an upright, clump-forming perennial of the mint family . It is typically found in prairies, dry upland forested areas, plains and fields. It grows to 2-4 feet tall. It is noted for its mid- to late summer bloom of lavender to purple flowers in terminal spikes and its anise-scented foliage. Square stems are clad with ovate to broad-lanceolate dull green leaves (to 4 inches long) with toothed margins. Flowers appear in many-flowered verticillasters (false whorls) which are densely packed into showy, cylindrical, terminal flower spikes (3-6 inches long). Gaps sometimes appear along the flower spike. Individual, tiny, tubular, two-lipped flowers (each to 1/3" long) have no fragrance. The flowers bloom in scattered locations along the spikes for about 1-2 months from mid- to late summer. During this time, calyx of each flower remains somewhat colorful. There is no floral scent. The flowers are replaced by nutlets that are oval-shaped and smooth. The root system produces a taproot.

Typical habitats include openings in dry upland forests, upland areas of prairies, scrubby barrens, and thickets.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Performs well in moist soils, but good soil drainage is essential. Plants tolerate dry soils, particularly once established. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Plants will spread by rhizomes and will easily self seed in optimum growing conditions.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Flower spikes are attractive additions to fresh cut or dried arrangements.
  Aromatic leaves can be used to make herbal teas or jellies.
  Seeds can be added to cookies or muffins.
  Dried leaves can be added to potpourris.
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