Also known as Licorice. Grows to 3-4 feet tall with 4 to 5-inch spikes of purple flowers at top. Leaves are dark green and arrow-shaped with a nice strong licorice flavor. Dry leaves and flowers are used in potpourris, arrangements, and drinks. Anise Hyssop looms in summer, the same year from seed. Very similar to Korean Mint.
Perennial, zones 4-8
Germination: 7-30 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, needs light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant after the last frost, 8-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil temperature reaches 65-70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 12-18"
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 36-48” x 24-36”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Sandy loam, tolerates most soils
Uses: Culinary and medicinal, Flowers attract bees and beneficials.
Care: Pinching back seedlings encourages branching, resulting in more leaves. Harvest regularly to keep the plant producing new leaves.