A perennial flowering plant with culinary and medicinal properties.
Although it is known as Anise Hyssop, it is only remotely related to Hyssop and even more distantly to Anise. It is in the Mint Family.
Anise Hyssop has an aesthetic landscaping value, its attractive blue-lavender spiked flowers are long lasting and attract bees, butterflies, and humming birds.
It is a native North American plant, indigenous to the prairie lands where it grows in clusters. It reaches a height of 2 - 3 Feet with a spread of about 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Plants should be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart for a manicured effect slightly closer for a natural clustered effect.
It can be started from seed, seedlings for transplant, or cuttings in the spring, summer or fall. Once planted in the garden it should begin producing flowers in its second year, assuming it is otherwise healthy and in a suitable environment.
USDA zones 3-9. Full sun is best, partial shade is tolerable. Soil should be reasonably fertile, don't waste your time or money adding additional fertilizer to the soil as it is not really necessary, it is extremely hardy in this respect and tolerant of a wide range of soil types. A smidgen of organic mulch wouldn't hurt though.
Occasionally you may have to trim the plants back somewhat as it has a tendency to grow overly tall and top heavy. It recovers rather quickly and re-flowers.
In addition to re-flowering it also self self seeds, so after a few seasons you may have more volunteer plants than you are comfortable with.
Anise Hyssop Leaves can be harvested at anytime, in moderation if you plan of keeping the plant growing. It is best to harvest the leaves in dry weather before the sun is beating down in all its glory. Harvest leaves fresh from the Plant Base first.
Anise hyssop flowers can be harvested fresh as needed, or collected en masse for drying and storage.
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