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.