Description: Hardy, North American, herbaceous perennial bears clusters of tiny yellow flowers held on multi-branched stems in late summer; dark green, lance-shaped foliage releases anise fragrance when bruised
Habit: Grows 2-4 feet high and 1-2 feet wide; clump-forming but does not spread aggressively; may self-sow
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade; tolerates poor, dry soils
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: United States
Attributes: Attracts butterflies and bees; Fragrant foliage; Deer resistant; Drought tolerant
Native from New Hampshire to Florida and west to Texas, this showy, fragrant-leaved perennial goldenrod is well-behaved and does not spread aggressively like others of its genus. It was included as Solidago anisatum in a list of plants "sent to Europe for Mr. Pierepont by John and Wm. Bartram, Philadelphia, October 1784." A tea can be made from its anise-scented leaves, and it has been used as a stimulant and diaphoretic according to US Pharmacopoeia (1820-82). A deer-resistant plant, the flowers attract butterflies, bees, and a number of other beneficial insects.
Ships in a 2.5" pot.