Agastache foeniculum
(Anise Hyssop)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop, Fragrant Giant Hyssop, Lavender Giant Hyssop
    Synonyms: Agastache anethiodora
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - September
    Status: Native

Agastache foeniculum, or Anise Hyssop, is native to the northern-central United States. It is a perennial that grows in fields, meadows, prairies and along roadsides and woodland edges. This is a member of the mint family, and it is a very strong attractant for bees, which love its nectar.

This plant is similar to another, which also overlaps in its range: Agastache scrophulariifolia. The two can be distinguished by the deep purple flowers of Agastache foeniculum, where Agastache scrophulariifolia usually has lighter purple and can have taller stalks as well. Additionally, Agastache scrophulariifolia has green calyxes around the flowers - that is, the small leafy enclosure at the end of every flower; Agastache foeniculum lacks this green calyx feature.

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