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Hyssopus officinalis

Pronunciation: Hy-so-pus oh-fi-shi-nah-lis
Family: Labiatae or lamiaceae = mint family
Common Name: Hyssop
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
  • perennial
Height to: 2'
Width to: 3'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • early autumn
Bloom Description: Flowers are blue, lipped and on spikes in whorls at leaf axils; flowering june, july, august, to september.
Soil Type: Fertile, well drained, neutral to alkaline
Plant Perks:
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies
Pests and Diseases: Infrequent
Propagation: Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Root softwood cuttings in summer.
Native to: S. Europe
Notes for Identification: Aromatic shrubby herbaceous perennialgreen stems are square, branching and turn woody in second yearleaves are dark green, opposite, square, slightly hairy, narrow and pointed. Aromatic with a camphor-like scentfruit are four brown, flat, tear-shaped nutletsuse as an edging or hedge for a perennial border. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Once used medicinally as a cleansing herb. Leaves and flowers once used for culinary purposes and in potpourris. Probably not the same plant as in the bible. Strong flavor and aroma (a slightly skunky, musty scent) used in the past to preserve meat and as a cleaning agent. It was planted in every medieval monastery garden to ward off the evil eye and purge skin spots. It also was used to kill head lice. It is now used in potpourri; also is an ingredient in many perfumes and soaps; and its oil is one of the flavoring agents in chartreuse liqueur. With its slightly bitter taste, it was used in the past as a cooking herb with meats, fish, and in soups and stews. Tea made from the leaves had been used to treat asthma, colds, fevers, and indigestion. A poultice made from the leaves reputed to be useful in treating insect bites and bruises. **** deadhead in fallplant info from: michigan state universityprune in mid spring
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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