Agastache

AGASTACHE Labiatae A. Anisata (Anise Hyssop) (Foeniculum)

HABITAT:  Native to North Central North America.  Hardy perennial.

USE:  Teas and seasoning from dried leaves.  A honey plant. Garden borders.

HABIT:  Upright, 3 foot tall herbaceous plant, branching at the top.  Decorative spikes of small blue-purple flowers bloom for months in late summer and autumn.  Silvery white foliage.

SEED GERMINATION & CULTURE:  Sow in late winter, 8-10 weeks before planting out in spring after last freeze.  Spread moist Grow Mix and cover to their thickness.  Place in location with cool nights of 55°F and warm days of 72°F.  Keep moist, never allow to dry out during germination which takes 15-30 days.  When 4 leaves develop, transplant to 2 1/4 inch pots.
After danger of frost, set outdoors in a protected area to harden for 3 days.  Then plant in garden soil enriched with organic matter in full sun to partial shade.

INSECTS: Generally not a problem.

DISEASES:  Leaf Spots, Powdery Mildew, Rust:  Use approved fungicide such as Maneb, Benomyl, or Zineb.

PROPAGATION:  Seed.