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Hyssop officinalis (Hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssop officinalis (Hyssopus officinalis)

A perennial herb in the Lamiaceae family, that is originally from areas of Southern Europe near the Caspian Sea. Hyssop has been used for generations as both a culinary herb and as a medicinal herb. The flavor is slightly minty, slightly lemony, with floral overtones. When used sparingly, it adds a bright flavor to roasted meats, soups and sauces.

Hyssop is also used in teas and cocktails and is one of the ingredients in the alcoholic beverage Absinthe. When steeped in hot water, Hyssop officinalis is purported to help relieve coughs and congestion.

Hyssop has narrow, deep green leaves that grow on woody stems. Dark purple-blue flowers bloom in whorls at the tops of spikes that stand 12-24” tall. The beautiful flowers attract Bumble Bees, Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds. This is a great addition to any herb garden, kitchen garden, or rock garden. It blooms summer – autumn. Prune back in early spring to promote new growth. Plant in full sun to light shade.

Hyssop performs well in poor soils and can handle low water once established. A bonus is that it is Deer tolerant. 😊

The Sunset Climate Zones are 1-24, making this an ideal plant for most regions. We are currently selling Hyssop officinalis in 4.5” pots and 6 pack flats. Give it a try in your garden, you’ll be glad you did!

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