Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Even-though Agastache, or Liquorice Mint, is also known as Anise Hyssop, Lavender Hyssop, or Blue Giant Hyssop, it is not a true Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), but it is probably because it has similar looking flowers that it inherited the hyssop name.
This drought-tolerant perennial herb has very fragrant anise-scented leaves and beautiful lilac-purple flowers that are slightly aromatic and very attractive to bees and butterflies. Used as a medicinal plant by Native Americans for various ailments such as coughs, wounds and diarrhea, the leaves can also be used as a seasoning, in a fragrant tea, and for potpourri.
There is a white variety available too – similary fragranced, but with white flowers instead of the purple.
|Suited to xeriscaping|
|Medicinal||Attracts bees||Attracts butterflies|