Common Name anise hyssop
Origin North America
Light sun to part
Moisture dry to mesic
Anise Hyssop is in the mint family (Lamiaceae) It grows to 0.9 m by 0.4 m and is great for attracting bees and butterflys. This plant is native to much of north-central and northern North America. It is in the same family as hyssop, but they are not closely related. Hyssop (Hyssopus) is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia.
Anise hyssop was used medicinally by Native Americans for cough, fevers, wounds & diarrhea. The soft, anise-scented leaves are used as a seasoning or tea. The purple flower spike is favored by bees who make a light fragrant honey from the nectar. The leaves are cardiac and diaphoretic. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of colds & fevers. When left to go cold, the infusion is used to treat pains in the chest the lungs are sore from too much coughing). A poultice of leaves and stems can be used to treat burns.
Prefers a sunny position and a dry well-drained soil. The young growth in spring is very susceptible to slug damage.