Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bee and Anise Hyssop

Bees love Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

I am partial to this herb and so are bees! (Click on the photo for the best view.) The leaves have a nice licorice scent and in addition to bees, the periwinkle blue flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and Goldfinches (they perch on the spikes and eat the seeds in the fall). Anise Hyssop is easy to grow from seed and I love that it blossoms in late summer. 

Click here for a truly exceptional article about growing Anise Hyssop. And if you want to enjoy a fabulous image gallery of these plants, click here.

According to writer Harold A. Roth at

"Native Americans found many uses for this North American plant. The Cheyenne drank a tea of this herb to relieve a "dispirited heart." The Cree included the flowers of this magick herb in medicine bundles, and the Chippewa made a protective charm of it. Plant it around your back door for protection or add it to a back border." 

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