Agastache foeniculum (Pursh) Kuntze
Agastache foeniculum (Pursh) Kuntze, Anise Hyssop
Anise Hyssop has long purple flower spikes with aniseed-scented, oval, toothed mid green leaves. As a culinary herb you can use the flowers in sweet and savoury salads and the leaves in salads and for making herbal infusions, teas or tisanes.
• Hardiness: H3 (1 to -5C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: 70cm
• Spread: 30cm
• Soil type: Sand, Light Loam, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: Purple
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal
• Attracts pollinators: Yes
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: No
• Caution: N/A
• Indoor Sowing: In early spring in prepared plug trays or pots, cover seeds with perlite. Bottom heat, 18°C, aids germination.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer direct into a light free draining soil in full sun. Thin seedlings to 20cm apart.
• Propagation: Division
• Maintenance: N/A
• Harvest: Cut flowers for drying just as they begin to open. Cut leaves just before late spring flowering. Seed heads turn brown as seed ripens: at the first sign of seed falling, pick and hang upside down with a paper bag tied over the heads.
Jekka's "How to Grow It" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.