This perennial is also called the licorice mint although it is neither licorice nor mint. However the leaves can be used as a culinary herb which combines both those flavors. The flowers should be left for butterflies The scented plant grows16-48 inches tall and has blue bottle-brush flowers blooming from July-Sept. It is heat and drought tolerant and attracts butterflies. When not in bloom it resembles bee balm.
Pictures from Walters Gardens Inc.
16inches -48 inches
July, August, September
Trim to the ground in late fall after several frosts