Above: Anise Hyssop on bikepath behind Gregory Street in Madison, Wisconsin (9/12/18).
Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum
Anise Hyssop is a native plant that grows 1'-3' tall. It grows in prairies, dry upland forested areas, plains and fields. It is considered one of the premier plants for feeding pollinators.
Anise Hyssop has blue/purple flowers in a dense whorl that forms a cylindrical spike that can be up to 8" long. The plant has opposing fragrant leaves that are oval in shape and coarsely toothed. It has a square stem that sometimes branches.
Other names: Blue Giant Hyssop, Fragrant Giant Hyssop, Lavender Giant Hyssop, Lavender Hyssop.
For more information on the Anise Hyssop, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Anise Hyssop.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Master Gardener Program website page about Anise Hyssop.
Above: Anise Hyssop on bikepath behind Gregory Street in Madison, Wisconsin on September 9, 2018.
Above: Anise Hyssop specimen collected in Douglas County by Lake Minnesuing on July 16, 2015.
Above: Anise Hyssop specimen collected in Oneida County on a railroad embankment on August 10, 1951 (with branching stems).