Very aromatic with a sweet, licorice-mint flavor. Vigorous plants produce abundant blooms, attracting bees and other pollinators. Anise hyssop is also known as giant hyssop, blue giant hyssop, fennel giant hyssop, and fragrant giant hyssop.
•Edible Flowers: Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried to flavor drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Tamp seeds into the soil mix or just barely cover with soil. Anise hyssop will transplant easily at any age. When transplanting, place seedlings 6-12" apart in rows 24-36" apart. Direct seed: Sow shallowly, 1/4" deep, one seed per inch in spring. Thin to 6-12" apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: A sandy, moist, well-drained loam.
PLANT HEIGHT: 24-36".
PLANT SPACING: 6-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 5-9.
HARVEST: Cut both flowers and leaves for fresh use or hang to dry for tea.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
75 - 80 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.