Also known as agastache, lavender hyssop, and licorice mint, this heirloom is loved by hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. With a minty, anise/licorice flavor, it is as useful in the kitchen as it is beautiful. The leaves and flowers make a refreshing, fruity tea, and can be added to salads. The lavender-blue flower spikes are lovely in fresh floral arrangements or dried bouquets. Perennial in USDA zones 4-8. Fairly drought tolerant once established.
Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum
Native: Midwestern U.S.
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 4–8
Plant Dimensions: 24"–48" tall
Variety Information: 2"–6" long lavender-blue flower spikes
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Edible Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 60°–75°F. May also be sown in late fall for spring germination.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 20 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 10" – 12"
Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 10" – 12"
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