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Common Name: Anise Hyssop - One of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to grow!
This is a great plant for hot, dry, sunny climates. Well-drained soil is a must, especially in the winter. This plant will not tolerate heavy clay soil but grows well in average to light soil with low to medium moisture levels. In the sandy soil of zone 5b trial gardens, this variety has overwintered with flying colors. Even so, it's officially listed as a zone 6 perennial so some winter protection might be required in cooler zones. No serious pest or disease problems have been reported with this plant.
It is useful for adding a spot of color to the garden late in the season when many other plants are finished. Its foliage smells distinctly like black licorice when crushed, thus its common name, Anise Hyssop. Excellent as a border plant, for cut and dried flowers, drought tolerant, fragrant foliage, in mass plantings, and specimen or focal point. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds; Deer resistant.