Herb hyssop is a plant which belongs to the Hyssop genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (officinalis) means 'used medicinally'.
An aromatic, semi-evergreen, woody, shrubby perennial that grows in and erect bushy clump 18 to 24 inches tall.1 Used as a medicinal and culinary herb.1
Narrow lanceolate aromatic leaves, with dense spikes of small dark blue flowers
Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.2 cm (0.08 inches imperial) and produce a herbaceous fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Light pastel purple and Purple taupe and Dreaming indigo. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 2. Leaves appear approximately as a Lincoln green and Dark spring green
Herb hyssop grows as a perennial and is a flowering edible herb / flower. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).
Herb hyssop is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in late summer.
Try planting Herb hyssop if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Herb hyssop is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Trim back lightly after flowering, replace plants every few years as they become untidy and woody
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 4 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Herb hyssop is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
See our list of companion Plants for Herb hyssop to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Sow thinly and cover only lightly use 7cm pots or modules. Germinate under protectionTry to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.04 inches (0.1 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.
Choose a sunny well drained spot at the front of the border or path edgeEnsure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Herb hyssop is a hardy plant.
Allow the flowers to fade on the plant and collect the spikes into a paper bag as the seeds ripen. Continue to dry on a warm window sill until the seeds can be shaken free of the flower heads
These estimates for how long Herb hyssop takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 32 days | Min 32 days | Max 32 days (1)
Average 44 days | Min 44 days | Max 44 days (1)
Average 686 days | Min 407 days | Max 1169 days (4)
The name hyssop comes from the Greek adobe or ezob, meaning holy herb because it was used to cleanse sacred spaces. The botanical epithet is from the Latin officinalis meaning “used medicinally”
Hyssop was hung to provide protection from the evil eye and guard against witches. It was also frequently planted on graves. Said to have been used by witches for cleansing and to protect the home.
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