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Lavender Hyssop

Lavender Hyssop

Lavender Hyssop

The bright purple flowers and textured foliage of Lavender Hyssop are a popular addition in the sunny perennial garden, and this pollinator favorite can be added to the herb garden as well. The crushed leaves have a fragrance of mint and licorice.The bright purple flowers and textured foliage of Lavender Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) are a popular addition in the sunny perennial garden, and this pollinator favorite can be added to the herb garden as well. The crushed leaves have a fragrance of mint and licorice. Lavender Hyssop is biennial, and self-sows readily on open soil.Outstanding! I stumbled across lavender hyssop last year at a local nursery in Houston. They are prolific bloomers, and attract bees from miles around. I even got stung buying my first plant. This year I wanted more, so I started my own seed. Germination has been outstanding, almost 100%. I seeded them on 1/23, and potted up to 4 inch on 3/7. These are my new favorite perennial.

Hyssop

This type of Hyssop, or Agastache foeniculum, is popular with plenty of different plant growers. Used commercially for honey production, as bees adore the superbly nectar-rich blooms, and the result is a lightly fragrant, delectable honey. Impress the foodie in your life by making a tea or jelly with a subtle licorice taste. Add flavor and flair to a salad or mixed drink when you garnish with the flowers. If not for the taste or attracting pollinators, plant Lavender Hyssop for the easy beauty in the garden. It's native so it won't need to adapt to our climate. It's drought tolerant and grows well in clay, dry, loamy and sandy soil.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.

There are a number of cultivars of anise hyssop and a few hybrids with Korean hyssop (A. rugosa, Zones 5–9), which has deep violet–blue flowers and glossy green foliage on plants up to 2 feet tall and 15 inches wide. [There are also many other Agastache species and showy hybrids with pink, orange or red flowers, but these do not have A.The crushed leaves of Lavender Hyssop, also known as Anise Hyssop, have a fragrance of mint and licorice. The bright purple flowers and textured foliage make this an excellent choice for sunny prairies, open oak woodlands, and savannas. This pollinator favorite and butterfly magnet is an excellent addition in herb gardens, borders and perennial gardens. Agastache foeniculum is biennial, and self-sows readily on open soil.I dug out a "rain garden" in the front yard to help direct rainwater away from the house. I planted various native plants that don't mind getting their feet wet. The Giant and Purple Hyssop are doing great. Right this moment, there are 4 goldfinches eating the seeds, the blooms are full of bumblebees and honeybees, lots of butterflies (particularly either Red Admiral or Painted Lady; can't tell which is which). A lovely plant! (Source: www.minnesotawildflowers.info)

 

 

 

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