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Herb hyssop      

Hyssopus officinalis

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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.

Popular varieties of Herb hyssop with home gardeners are Herb Hyssop1, Blue, Roseus, Sunset and Blaue Wolke.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Herb hyssop have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Herb hyssop

  • Full Sun

  • Low

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.

Growing Herb hyssop from seed

Sow thinly and cover only lightly use 7cm pots or modules. Germinate under protection

Try 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.

Transplanting Herb hyssop

Choose a sunny well drained spot at the front of the border or path edge

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Herb hyssop is a hardy plant.

Seed Saving Herb hyssop

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

How long does Herb hyssop take to grow?

These estimates for how long Herb hyssop takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Herb hyssop to germinate?
32 days

Average 32 days | Min 32 days | Max 32 days (1)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Herb hyssop?
+ 44 days

Average 44 days | Min 44 days | Max 44 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until Herb hyssop is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 686 days

Average 686 days | Min 407 days | Max 1169 days (4)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Herb hyssop?
= 762 days

Herb hyssop Etymology

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”

Herb hyssop Folklore & Trivia

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.

Other names for Herb hyssop

Bee plant, Blue nectar hyssop

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