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Old 09-02-2010, 09:27 PM   #21
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Your hyssop is beautiful. I am planning to winter sow a bunch of flowers. Have you had good luck with this? My soil is so hard to dig in that if seeds will sprout and plant themselves, my back and knees are much happier (and the weeds seem quite capable of doing this without amendments, so I'm hoping native wildflowers can, too, at least in a few areas).

I have had a lot of butterflies and bees on my blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum). It started blooming a few weeks ago and is still going strong.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:04 AM   #22
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Anise Hyssop will grow anywhere that is hot and sunny in my experience. I had 2 whole lines of it that self seeded in the cracks on either side of the driveway this year. Most of them are in the seed stage now but lower down there are fresh leaves and blooms even now with no rain. They came from a few plants I grew from seeds in what was then the herb garden about 15 years ago. Mine don't seem to attract butterflies but are loaded with bees. They are also attractive to goldfinches who love their seeds.
Unfortunately for me it is the purple giant Agastache scrophulariifolia that is native for me not the agastache foeniculum I have.
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