Did you know Agastache foeniculum, also known as anise hyssop or giant hyssop is a bee magnet in our ecoregion 231? They are also favored by butterflies and occasionally, the ruby-throated hummingbird. Read on.
Name: Agastache foeniculum
Common: Anise or Giant Hyssop
Zones: 4 – 8
Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 1.5 to 3 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to part shade, dry to medium water, deer tolerant
Attracts: generalists bees, butterflies, and occasionally hummingbirds. The specialist bee, a small black sweat bee, Dufoubea monardae, is a specialists of giant hyssop, Agastache spp., in the Midwest.
There are over a dozen species of Agastache spp. native to the USA. Easily grown, given the right conditions. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom for the bees and butterflies. Plants will spread by rhizomes and will easily self seed in optimum growing conditions.
A mass planting of Agastache spp., will provide nectar and pollen for your bees. The sugar content reportedly exceeds 40%.
Agastache honey is light in color, with a slightly minty flavor, and resistant to granulation.
On the scale of 0 to 5, pollen and nectar content are 1 and 3, respectively.