How to Grow Anise Hyssop | Guide to Growing Anise Hyssop

How to Grow Anise Hyssop | Guide to Growing Anise Hyssop  



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Anise hyssop makes a delightful addition to mixed herbal teas and a fine tea all to itself. It has a delicate anise or licorice flavor. The tea is naturally sweet, so extra sweetener is not necessary. In fact the tea is so sweet that it can be used to sweeten other foods. Folklore medicine employed anise hyssop herbal tea to treat colds, coughs and fevers, to induce sweating, and to strengthen a weak heart.


Perennial (zones 5-9)

10-14 days at 70° F

2 years

Tolerant of wide range of soils

Part shade to full sun

Leaf, flower, stem

15" apart

60 days

Growing Guide
Anise hyssop will grow to a height of 2 feet or more, sending up attractive and fragrant spikes of rich purple flowers from early summer into fall.


Anise hyssop is tolerant of a range of soil types, and can even thrive in poor, clay-rich soils.

Anise hyssop should be started indoors 4-6 weeks prior to the last frost of the spring. Transplant outdoors after the final frost of the season, once plants are approximately 3-4 inches tall and show their first true leaves.


Harvesting Guide
Leaves and can be collected once the plant has started to flower from early summer onwards. Pinch off the bottom leaves carefully, and do not overharvest. Inflorescenses and stems can be collected with a snip by cutting above second node below the spike.


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