Anise Hyssop (Aqastache foeniculum)

How to Grow Anise Hyssop from Seed

Bed Preparation

Anise hyssop is a hardy perennial (Zones 4-9) that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Plants will tolerate poor soils and once established, thrive in dry conditions.


Anise hyssop can be direct sown outdoors in early spring or started indoors and transplanted outside once the danger of frost has passed. Optimal soil temperatures for germination are 65-85°F. Sow seeds 2-4" apart on soil surface and press down lightly to settle. Seeds will germinate in 10-14 days. Thin seedlings so mature plants are 12-16" apart.


Harvest flowers and leaves while plants are flowering. Use fresh or dried in teas or as a licorice flavoring in dishes..