Anise - Hyssop

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Anise is a pollinator for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  The plant has a sweet scent and a warm, bitter taste.


 Seed Specifications:

  • To break dormancy, this seed needs stratification, a short period of cold moisture. Mix the seed with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting.
  • You can also direct sow unstratified seed on the surface of the soil in the fall for germination in the spring. To start the seed indoors, sow the stratified seed on the surface of the soil in a flat; keep the soil temperature between 70-75 degrees F with consistent moisture until germination. Transplant the seedlings 15-18” apart in full sun and sandy/rocky soil. 

Growing Information:

  • Full sun to partial shade.  Water regularly.
  • Reaches 24-36"
  • Drought tolerant
  • Doesn't tolerate soggy, wet soil.
  • Reseeds itself
  • Do not remove more than 60% of the plant when harvesting. 
  • To harvest entire stalks for drying, cut them 2-3” from the ground and hang them upside down to dry.



  • The leaves make an excellent tea and the flowers are also edible.  A strong tea made of the leaves and sweetened with honey is a traditional remedy for nose, throat, and lung afflictions and is sometimes applied externally to bruises.


Most of the general information provided is from the Vegetable Encyclopedia at,, and with additional facts provided by your friends at Seattle Seed Company.








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