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Agastache foeniculum, often referred to as Anise Hyssop, Mexican Hyssop, or simply Agastache, is an easy-to-grow, hardy perennial in Southern gardens. It reaches 3 feet in height and blooms throughout the summer months with pale lavender or bluish spikes. The foliage has a mild anise scent. Dried leaves can be used to make a nice tea or for seasoning food. Crafters use stems of Agastache in mixed flower arrangements; dried leaves can be included in potpourri.

This reliable drought-tolerant bloomer has a bold effect in the garden, and as an attractor of bees has a reputation for being a honey plant. Butterflies also love the blossoms, so this is one great grower for us that will bring a plethora of pollinators with it into our gardens.