Native Region: Eastern North America
Zone Range: 4-9
Preferred Climate: Full sun; well draining average soil.
Harvest Date: Monday 25 September, 2006
Seed count: 150-200
1.5m tall slender plants. Aptly named for its sweet licorice/anise scent of its leaves and violet-blue flowers. Looks very much like Agastache rugosa. Becomes an annual if you let it bloom in its first year. Non invasive. Very showy. Easy to grow.
Because both A. foeiculum and A. rugosa are capable of cross pollination, the two species are grown far apart on our 2 acre property with the apiary inbetween (bees are less inclined to go from one to the other without stopping to dump off a the hive reducing cross pollination). Great nectar source for many flying creatures. Makes a great tea. Try soaking leaves in your liquid ingredients when making homemade ice cream. Pest free; easy to grow. Deer don't seem to bother it.
Sow 4 mm deep. Keep moist; success better with plastic cover. Opt. germination temp: 15-22 C. Days to germ: 7-21.