Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches (45-60cm)
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches (45-60cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Semi-evergreen
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Blue
Purple
Other: Purple-blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds very thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Apr 5, 2012 3:35 PM

Hyssop is said to be a good companion plant to cabbage because it will deter the Cabbage White butterfly. It has also "been found to improve the yield from grapevines if planted along the rows, in particular if the terrain is rocky or sandy, and the soil is not as easy to work as it might be." Hyssop is said to be antagonistic to radishes, and they should not be grown nearby.

Hyssop attracts bees, hoverflies, and butterflies, thus has a place in the wild garden as well as being useful in controlling pests and encouraging pollination without the use of unnatural methods. [Wikipedia]

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on May 21, 2014 2:37 PM

Leaves have a slightly bitter minty flavor, and may be used in soups, salads, and with meats. Flowers and leaves added to teas.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:52 PM

Hyssopus officinalis is a good companion plant in the garden, reportedly helping to repel cabbage moths and cabbage loopers.

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