General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Purple-blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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

Common names
  • Hyssop

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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2019-05-31
Location: Blenheim New Zealand
Date: 2019-12-08
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-08-03
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2011-11-07
Location: Blenheim New Zealand
Date: 2019-12-08

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Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-03-31
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-07-07
Location: my garden zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2020-03-12
spring new growth

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Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-03-20

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Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-25
Just beginning to bloom
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2011-07-31

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-14
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-05-18
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-07-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-03-01
Germination in 5 days on south facing windowsill.
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2018-06-07

Date: 2007-04-19
USDA, Jose Hernandez
Location: Lenore, ID
Date: 4-9-2015
Location: my garden zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2020-04-16
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-11-01
Location: Lenore, ID
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-05-18
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-07-20
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-07-20
Location: Lenore, ID
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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Apr 5, 2012 3:35 PM concerning plant:
    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]
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:52 PM concerning plant:
    Hyssopus officinalis is a good companion plant in the garden, reportedly helping to repel cabbage moths and cabbage loopers.

  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on May 21, 2014 2:37 PM concerning plant:
    Leaves have a slightly bitter minty flavor, and may be used in soups, salads, and with meats. Flowers and leaves added to teas.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
Catmint20906 On June 25, 2015 Bloomed
Trish On February 12, 2015 Seeds germinated
Trish On January 16, 2015 Obtained plant
Winter-sowed seeds
MrsBinWY On April 14, 2017 Potted up
MrsBinWY On February 19, 2017 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On February 14, 2017 Seeds sown
milk jug; per TC: 68 degrees; per Hardy Plants, chill 2 weeks @ 2-4 weeks if no germination; 16 seeds from poisondartfrog
Mgf6338 On February 25, 2018 Seeds sown
dnrevel On February 1, 2023 Seeds sown
New sowing, WS in Dixie cups in tote. Seed from MIGardener
dnrevel On May 11, 2022 Transplanted
Growing fine. Small plant transplant from Red Cup tote. Winter Sown.
dnrevel On March 29, 2022 Seeds germinated
dnrevel On January 23, 2022 Seeds sown
Winter Sowed seeds in Tote - Red Cup containers. Seed from MIgardener.
paleohunter On May 20, 2023 Transplanted
paleohunter On April 15, 2023 Transplanted
paleohunter On November 6, 2022 Potted up
paleohunter On April 30, 2022 Seeds sown
pinetastic On June 3, 2023 Seeds sown
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