Agastache foeniculum

Agastache foeniculum
Anise Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum is an erect scented perennial with ovate-lance shaped, veined leaves with a white hairy underside. It produces dense spikes of blue flowers with violet bracts and calyces from mid-summer to autumn (June-August). It is native to the southwestern and eastern U.S. and central Asia which explains its hardiness rating of USDA Zones 6-10. It grows best in fertile, well draind soil and full sun but will tolerate a little light shade. Under these conditions it can vbe expected to attain a height of 3-5' (90-150cm) and a width of 12" (30cm). A foeniculum is also known by the synonyms Agastache anethiodora (Nutt) Britton, Stachys foeniculum Pursh and the common names anise hyssop,elk mint, giant hyssop, licorice mint, lavender hyssop, bluegiant hyssop, fragrant giant hyssop, lavender giant hyssop, and korean mint. These flowering plants are very attractive to bees and butterflies and are commonly used as garnish for fruit salads, iced tea, desserts, and anise flavored spices.

Agastache foeniculum Cultivars & Hybrids

Agastache foeniculum 'Blue Fortune' is a hybrid of Agastache foeniculum x Agastache rugosa. It has terminal spikes of blue-purple flowers from June- September and reaches a height of 4' (1.2m) and a width of 24" (60cm) at maturity. This herbaceous perennial is best grown in moderately fertile, well drained soil which is kept on the dry side. It is both heat and drought tolerant and due to its aromatic properties is considered to be an excellent attractant to hummingbirds and butterflies. This species is also popular when used as dried flowers.

Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster' is a perennial which grows in clumps and attains a height up to 36" (90cm). It produces white flowers with a musk scent from June to September, and is attractive to bees. The other uses for this specie includes leaves for salads and flowers for tea.

Agastache foeniculum 'Album' is also known as 'Snow Spike'. This specie requires moderately fertile but well drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It produces spikes of white blooms during the summer and will reach a height of 36" (90cm) and width of 12" (30cm) at maturity.

Agastache foeniculum 'Blue Fountain' This perennial is also known as 'Blue Spike' and is similar in characteristics and cultural needs as 'Blue Fortune' in that it bears spikes of blue flowers in the summer and requires full sun, and fertile, well drained soil.

Other Hybrids (No Photos)
Agastache foeniculum 'Senior', and Agastache foeniculum 'Camphorata'

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