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  Agastache foeniculum
  Family Name : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  Synonyms : Agastache anethiodora

  Common Names : Blue Giant Hyssop, Anise Hyssop

  Chinese Name : 茴藿香

Blue Giant Hyssop,Anise Hyssop
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Habitat :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A herbaceous plant growing to about 1 to 1.5 m tall and 30 to 61 cm wide. 
      Foliage: Leaves are oval shaped with coarsely toothed leaf margin. Leaves are green on the upper side and white on the underside with tiny flattened hairs. Leaf arrangement is opposite and foliage gives an anise or liquorice scent when crushed. 
      Stems: Stem is erect, 4-angled and mostly glabrous. 
      Flowers: Lavender to purple inflorescence is borne on terminal. Tiny lavender tubular flowers with hairy calyx are packed densely into cylindrical flower spikes about 8 to 16 cm long. 
      Fruits: Nutlets (2 mm long) are oblong and smooth with small brown hairs at the tip. 
      Similar :
      Agastache foeniculum is often confused with Agastache scrophulariaefolia (Purple Giant Hyssop) because of their similar flower colouration. However, they differ as A.scrophulariaefolia  does not have anise-scented leaves and green underside. 
      Cultivation :
      Agastache foeniculum exhibit higher resistant to drought than other species in the same Mint family. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Flowers; Edible Seeds)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: Leaves, flowers and seeds are edible. The foliage has an anise fragrant and is used as flavouring in salads and teas. Flowers can be eaten raw while seeds are used in cakes. ; Herb & Spice)
      Cut / Dried Flower (Flower spikes make attractive flower arrangement. )
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Fragrant (Flowers)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden, Butterfly Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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