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Anise Hyssop is an upright, clump-forming perennial of the mint family that is native to parts of the upper Midwest and Great Plains. 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″ long) with toothed margins. Flower spike consist of individual, tiny, tubular, two-lipped flowers (each to 1/3″ long) that have no fragrance. Flowers are attractive to bees (good nectar plant), hummingbirds and butterflies. 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.
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 fl
Aromatic green leaves.
Spikes of tiny tubular lavender flowers.