Anise Hyssop, Korean Licorice Mint Agastache rugosa
We were sent seeds from Maria Noel Groves, RH (AHG). We're really excited to grow these plants and offer them to you. Here's what Maria says: “Korean Licorice Mint (Agastache rugosa) Korean mint, giant hyssop, tu huo xiang. There’s likely a bit of hybridization and variation amongst the Agastache species.It does look a lot like anise hyssop (A. foeniculum) – sometimes called licorice mint – by I find most anise hyssop has a sharper flavor that is more minty whereas my plants have a softer, honey-fennel flavor. Sort of opposite of what you would expect from the common and Latin names. Original seed source: Seeds of Change (they no longer offer it)
In the garden-Hardy in zones 4 or 5 to 11
Short-lived perennial, rampant self-seeder. Babies are easy to pull out and/or move
Height can range from 1-2 feet tall (young plants, less-nourished soil) to up to 5 feet tall (second year plants, rich soil)
Adaptable to various soil, sun, and moisture conditions but will be most robust in nutrient-rich good-quality soil (like a veggie bed) with modest moisture or part-shade•
Pollinators love it!
Attractive purple blooms in mid/late summer
Ornamental, lovely in cut flower arrangements
Edible & Medicinal Flowers and Foliage
Carminative, digestive, eases cranky tummies, nausea, gas, bloating, enhances digestion. Soothes the throat. Mildly antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. Traditional use in Chinese and Korean medicine to transform dampness and release summer dampness, stomach upset, and summertime upper respiratory infections. Honey/fennel-like flavor enhancer and sweetener for tea, drink, food• Combine with vanilla to impart a root beer-like flavor. Leaves: fennel-like seasoning fresh or dried – meatballs, salad, spring rolls, Asian marinades/dips/dressing…Flowers and Leaves: excellent tea, herb-infused honey, seltzer, infused cold water, etc.
Korean Licorice Mint 'Agastache rugosa'
We will begin shipping plants in May. If you have chosen on farm pick up, you will be notified when they are ready.