Hyssop 'Blue Fortune' (Agastache foeniculum)
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Agastache foeniculum, commonly known as Hyssop, is an upright, clump-forming perennial of the mint family. Hyssops feature violet-blue flower spikes in the late summer (June-September) and are notable for their anise-scented foliage. They typically grow 2-4' tall, attracting pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, and are deer resistant. The leaves can be used to make herbal teas or jellies, and seeds can be added to cookies or muffins.
Hyssops can easily be grown in full sun with average to dry soil. Once the plant is established, they are drought tolerant. They also perform well in moist soils, but it is essential to have good soil drainage. It tolerates with most soil type, but avoid heavy clay in the winter. To promote additional blooms, deadhead spent flowers. Hyssops will spread by rhizomes and self seed in optimum growing conditions.
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