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Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Agastache foeniculum

Other names

Anise hyssop, Agastache anisata

Genus

Agastache Agastache

Species

A. foeniculum - A. foeniculum is a herbaceous perennial with mid-green, lance-shaped leaves that taste and smell of licorice. In summer, it bears spikes of lavender-blue flowers that are attractive to butterflies and bees.


Agastache foeniculum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has a licorice scent

Habit

Upright

Flower

Lavender in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.4m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Self-seeds freely.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Agastache foeniculum

Other names

Anise hyssop, Agastache anisata

Genus

Agastache Agastache

Species

A. foeniculum - A. foeniculum is a herbaceous perennial with mid-green, lance-shaped leaves that taste and smell of licorice. In summer, it bears spikes of lavender-blue flowers that are attractive to butterflies and bees.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has a licorice scent

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Lavender in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.4m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Self-seeds freely.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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