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Apocynum Cannabinumor

Apocynum Cannabinumor

Apocynum Cannabinum

Description: Umbels of yellow flowers appear on this carrot relative in early to late summer. Found in the wild along mountain streams, Yellow Angelica would work well in a moist spot in the garden or around a pond. An attractant for butterflies and bees, the seeds are also eaten by songbirds. The taproot of Yellow angelica has long been used by Indigenous Peoples as a powerful healing medicine for both people and horses. The name Angelica is derived from the seed pods which form two "wings" like angel wings. This can help distinguish it in the wild from the very similar but extremely poisonous water hemlock.The seeds are similarly poisonous, causing nausea and vomiting even in small amounts. This plant is also used as a traditional treatment for fever and headache.

Cannabinum

Maybe not as tasty, but showy in the perennial border. It’s a cross between A. foeniculum and A. rugosum, commonly called Korean mint. The leaves are a bit crinkly. There are also varieties in shades of orange, pink, white and multicolored, the result of work with other Agastache species. Some are low-growing, and many are not as winter hardy, but they all tend to bloom the first year from seed and make good container plants.The plant’s name is confusing. I’ve heard it called Agastache anista, but the correct botanical name is Agastache foeniculum, (Ah-gah-STAH-kee Fuh-NICK-you-lum), which alludes to the leaves’ fennel-like flavor. Though its chief common name is anise hyssop, it is neither a hyssop not an anise. Another common name is licorice mint, though it is neither a mint nor a licorice.

Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, is a short-lived herbaceous perennial with blue flowers and fragrant foliage that can be used as an ornamental or in the herb garden. Native to prairies, dry upland forested areas, plains and fields in the upper Midwest and Great Plains into Canada (from northern Colorado to Wisconsin and in Canada from Ontario west to British Columbia), this plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) is hardy in zones 3 to 8.Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a perennial in the mint family that is native to much of the northern section of North America (northern Colorado to Wisconsin and in Canada from Ontario west to British Columbia). It goes by several common names: giant hyssop, lavender hyssop, and blue giant hyssop. However, it is NOT closely related to hyssop (Hyssopus spp.), a European plant traditionally used as a healing herb, nor to anise (Pimpinella anisum), a completely different plant in the carrot family. It does have lovely purplish blue flower spikes that last a long time and fragrant leaves with a licorice scent. No doubt that licorice scent deters deer, though my research indicates that rabbits may eat it. So far, neither pest has nibbled on my anise hyssop. (Source: piedmontmastergardeners.org)

 

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