Anise Hyssop ~ Agastache foeniculum

8 years ago

Anise Hyssop is a butterfly attracting plant with anise scented leaves and lavender flowers spikes. Plant it close to a border's edge so it's leaves can give off their scent when brushed as you walk by.

Seed collection is easy. The plant makes spike florettes are where they have faded will develop the seed heads, they are gathered closely and mimic the flower spike. Intitally they are light green and then fade to brown when the seeds are mature.

Gather the spikes by snapping them off the plant and allow them to dry on an open plate for a few days. Tap the seed spikes to release dozens and dozens of tiny dark-brown to black round seeds. Any excess chaff may be gently puffed away.

The seed spikes themselves are attractive and scented and a good addition to a dry bouquet. To use for a bouquet simply cut the plant stem at an appropriate length and hang upside-down in a dry room for a few weeks. When it is fully dry the stem may be trimmed to vase length.