Agastache foeniculum (Pursh) Kuntze

Anise Hyssop

Upright perennial over 1m tall, hardly branched. Leaves to 8 cm long, 4.5 cm wide, more or less ovate, tip pointed, margins toothed, lower surface hairy to waxy-white, smelling of aniseed when crushed; leaf stalks to 2 cm long. Flower clusters in dense cylindrical spikes to 10 cm long. Flowers blue or white, with long-pointed, ovate, often purplish bracts, floral tube about 7 mm long. [A. anisata hort.]

N America

Sometimes this species or those below are used as a flavouring or food seasoning, occasionally in drinks, especially teas; Korean Mint (A.rugosa) is used as a mouthwash and for wounds and fevers. Most are attractive to bees.


Other species occasionally cultivated include

A. mexicana (Kunth) Lint & Epling which is about 0.5 m tall with dark pink to crimson flowers;

A. nepetoides (L.) Kuntze, Yellow Giant Hyssop, from N America which grows over 1 m tall with yellow-green flowers;

A. rugosa (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) O. Kuntze, Korean Mint (Wrinkled Giant Hyssop), which grows over 1m tall with blue-mauve flower heads up to 20 cm long.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Lamiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Agastache Gronov