Anise-hyssop is a short-lived perennial herb known for licorice-flavored leaves. It is commonly used as a tea plant, a culinary seasoning, or for potpurri. It also has a range of traditional medicinal uses, especially for lung and throat ailments. It has expectorant and cough suppressing properties, and can help relieve pain from coughin and facilitate sleep for people suffering from chest colds or respiratory tract infections. It's said to be a cardiac herb as well, strengthening weak hearts — both literally and figuratively. Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) peoples traditionally made a poison ivy wash from it. The plant makes bushy clumps roughly three feet wide but may also self-seed (if the goldfinches let any seeds hit the ground!). The long-lasting, nectar-rich flowers are beloved by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Our seed comes from Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery in Maine.
GROWING TIPS: Seeds should be sown in fall or winter or artificially cold stratified for 30+ days before sowing. Seeds should be surface sown, as they are quite small.
Anise-Hyssop does best in well drained soil in full sun, but will tolerate many conditions including part shade, heavy deer pressure and moderate drought. They are not long lived perennials, so it’s a good idea to allow some self-seeding by pulling back the mulch as flowers go by. If self-seeding is not desired, use a heavy mulch or deadhead the blooms before seeds ripen.