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Giant Hyssop (Agastache, Anise Hyssop, Licorice Mint, Hummingbird Mint)

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  • Common Name: Giant Hyssop (Agastache, Anise Hyssop, Licorice Mint, Hummingbird Mint)
  • Latin Name: Agastache spp.
  • Family Name: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Although there is some research showing that an essential oil from Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is an effective insecticide against several species of insects, there is nothing to say that eating parts of the plant would harm tortoises, and it is generally considered safe for cats and dogs.   In the absence of research into its suitability in the tortoise diet, we would advise feeding the leaves and flowers of Giant Hyssop in moderation only, and as part of a wider, varied diet.

The flowers of many species of Agastache are purple, but garden cultivars can be found in white, pink and orange.  Do not confuse with Herb Hyssop or with Water Hyssop, which are different plants and should not be fed to tortoises.

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