“Hyssop boiled with rue and honey, and drank, helps those that are troubled with coughs, shortness of breath, wheezing and rheumatic distillation upon the lungs.” Dioscorides
Bees love Agastache, aka Hyssop, but I’ve been less than impressed with most of the varieties I’ve planted. The last one I tried looked like a tall scraggly weed. It ended up in the compost pile.
I’m creating a new bee-friendly English border, and I really want to include Agastache. After combing the catalogues, I’ve finally found one I like, Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’.
It’s not tall and gangly like other varieties I’ve planted. It’s just 2 feet high (in bloom) and somewhat less wide. It begins blooming in early summer and continues until late summer, especially if the first flowers are cut promptly.
It’s deer and rabbit resistant, too!
- The Mysterious Hyssop Healer (fleamarketgardening.com)