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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Anise Hyssop inhabits widely scattered areas in the northern United States and Canada. Though indigenous to only a few Pennsylvania counties, in the Mid-Atlantic* it grows easily in well-drained soil. Its pretty flower spikes, which attract myriad pollinators all summer, add a vertical layer to the garden; its leaves and seeds add an anise flavor to teas, salads and baked goods.
*In Delaware, it is found as rare escapes to disturbed ground. It is not native to NoVA.
The flowers of Anise Hyssop may appear whorled but its inflorescence is actually a verticillaster.