For all those black licorice lovers out there, we offer you this selection that tea lovers and bees appreciate all the same. This is a great border plant that has long purple flower spikes and large leaves that all smell and taste like black licorice. Gorgeous!
Many classify this as a short-lived perennial. This is due to its tendency to disappear in the winter from poor drainage. To ensure longevity, keep crown from sitting in water. Worst case scenario, plant self-seeds readily.
Common name: Anise hyssop, licorice mint
Botanical name: Agastache foeniculum
Type: Self seeding perennial
Scarification/Stratification: None needed
Sow temp/season: Early spring to early fall.
Sow depth/spacing: Surface sow and tamp well. One seed per inch.
Germination time: 1-2 weeks
Final spacing: 1-2 feet apart
Final height/spread: Four feet tall and two feet wide.
pH range: 5.0-7.5
Soil type: Any garden soil will do.
Nutrition Not a heavy feeder, but likes a bit of compost from time to time.
Drainage: Good drainage makes the plant happy, poor drainage will make it disappear in the winter.
Water requirement: Like most mints, this likes lots of water but not sitting in it.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. More sun, more irrigation.
Time to maturity: Harvest leaves anytime, will set seed in first year.
Hilling: None needed. Some mulch is helpful.
Suckering: Every year, plant will sprout more shoots from crown.
Propagation: Plant seed in a minimum of ¾ inch pots/plugs and transplant up. Will strike roots from stem cuttings or crown division.
Hybridization: To produce true seed, plant different varieties 1000 feet apart.
Uses: Dry plant or use fresh in teas or beverages. Can also be eaten fresh in salads.