Mint, Superior Licorice (Organic)
Agastache rugosa. Perennial in zones 5-9.
Very delightful, aromatic leaves with a sweet, minty licorice flavor. One of Andrew’s favorite herbs for tea, second only to wild yerba buena. The beautiful blue flower spikes can grow to 8” tall and provide excellent forage for beneficial insects. Blooms over a long period and especially well late in the season. Leaves are best harvested before flowering and make a delicious addition to salad mix. We like fresh leaves best for tea, but dried leaves are also good. Superior Licorice Mint can be harvested like basil by coppicing the young stems for continuous regrowth and cutting. As a healing plant, it can be helpful for cold symptoms. As an aromatic, it can stimulate digestion, circulation, and general energy. It’s also excellent as a beneficial insect forage. Wild Garden Seed recommends pairing it with fennel to attract and feed honey bees, birds, and other beneficial insects into autumn. Aka, Korean Licorice Mint.
Seed produced by Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon.
Sow in flats indoors or direct sow ¼” deep in spring. Thin plants to 10-14.” Harvest leaves for tea before flowering. Plant this medicinal perennial in a permanent position in full sun to part shade.
Collect seeds from seedheads that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, and winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other A. rugosa by ½ mile.