Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Anise Hyssop

This is a gem of a plant that I found in the Fred Meyer bargain bin two years ago. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) leaves smell like sweet licorice. We've made infusions with the leaves and they've been yummy. It's a native North American plant, and I've read some history that Native Americans used it as a medicine for upper respiratory illnesses. The flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It grows to about four feet tall, and it's only fault is that it gets floppy and needs staking. It's related to mint.

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