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Agastache Foeniculum, Anise Hyssop


Blue flower spikes. Young leaves used in salads with a sweet aniseed type flavour, and can be used to make tea with some medicinal properties. Height: 60cm

Prefers a sunny position and a dry well-drained soil.

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c.

The flowering plants are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 13°c.

 Edible uses

Leaves and flowers - raw or cooked. They are used as a flavouring in raw or cooked dishes. Excellent raw, they have a sweet aniseed flavour and are one of our favourite flavourings in salads. They make a delicious addition to the salad bowl and can also be used to flavour cooked foods, especially acid fruits.The only drawback to the leaves is that they tend to have a drying effect in the mouth and so cannot be eaten in quantity. 
A pleasant tasting tea is made from the leaves.

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