This week’s Wildflower Wednesday feature flower is Anise Hyssop.
Anis Hyssop is a native perennial wildflower in the mint family. It grows 2-4 feet tall and has lavender flowers that bloom from June to September. Its flowers are unscented, but its leaves have a fragrant licorice scent (hence the name)
The leaves can be eaten and are often used in jellies, teas, salads, breads and cookies.
The leaves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied directly on the skin to treat wounds.
Native Americans use it to treat colds and digestive issues and in spiritual ceremonies to promote harmony and balance.
In the language of flowers, it is said to be a mood lifter and helps return hope to a broken heart.