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An herbaceous perennial hardy in Zones 5 to 9, the upright anise
hyssop reaches 2 to 3 feet in height and is about 2 feet across. In the
wild, the season of bloom is from June to September; in the garden,
count on flowers in late summer. The 4- to 6-inch dense spikes of
small, two-lipped flowers are variously characterized as purple, dusky
dull indigo-violet, blue and violet-blue. Bees love the flowers, and so
do herb crafters, as the blossoms retain their fragrance and color when
According to Stephen Orr, author of The New American Herbal, these plants were important sources of both nutrition and medicine for many Native American tribes including the Apache, Mojave and Comanche tribes.
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