Agastache foeniculum (Licorice Mint)Licorice Mint

$6.95 per 3-inch pot

Agastache foeniculum (Licorice Mint) Licorice Mint image
Agastache foeniculum (Licorice Mint) Licorice Mint image
Agastache foeniculum (Licorice Mint) Licorice Mint image

Agastache foeniculum (Licorice Mint)Licorice Mint

$6.95 per 3-inch pot

About this plant

Height
4 Feet
Hardiness
Perennial in Zones 5-11
Flower Color
Bluish Purple
Characteristics
Full Sun, Herbaceous
Uses
Butterfly, Culinary, Hummingbird, Ornamental

Growing & using Licorice Mint

Licorice Mint/ Anise Hyssop Plant

Licorice Mint is also known as Anise Hyssop

This stately plant is not a mint and is not a licorice. But, it is a tasty culinary herb that combines licorice flavor with mint. With a sweet rather than spicy flavor, it can be used for desserts or drinks. Try steeping washed leaves in milk prior to adding the milk to your ice cream maker.

Even though the flowers of Licorice Mint are culinary it is better to leave them for the butterflies. While they can be eaten, they may contain tiny insects, thrips, that are almost impossible to remove.

Anise seed (often sold as candied sprinkles) comes from the licorice flavored annual plant, Pimpinella anisum. The word anise has become synonymous with intense licorice flavor and is often used to describe the flavor of many other licorice flavored plants including Agastache foeniculum.

Licorice Mint being enjoyed by the bees

These two bumble bees are loving the flowers of Licorice Mint

Flowering perennials like Licorice Mint are important pollinators for your garden and provide invaluable food for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects.

Blooming Hedge of Agastache foeniculum

Licorice Mint flowers as far as the eye can see.

Licorice Mint always dies back to the ground in winter and emerges again in early spring. It blooms almost all summer and will, if not pruned, freely seed itself. Small birds, like the finch, love the seeds.

It makes a great addition to our Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack, our Zone 5-11 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack and our Wildlife Herb Garden Six Pack.

This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Licorice Mint Plug Trays are available.