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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssopus officinalis, commonly called hyssop, is an aromatic, semi-evergreen, woody-based, shrubby perennial that grows in an erect bushy clump to 18-24” tall. It is frequently grown in herb gardens and as an ornamental. It features narrow, stalkless, toothed, aromatic, shiny dark green leaves (to 1” long). Fragrant, two-lipped, tubular, purple-blue flowers with protruding stamens bloom in whorls on long dense terminal spikes in mid to late summer. Foliage, flowers and plant oils have a long history of culinary and folk medicine uses


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Generally appreciates some afternoon part shade in hot summer climates. Thrives with regular watering, but established plants have respectable drought tolerance. Plants perform well in poor soils including dry, sandy ones, but generally prefer well-draining, fertile loams. Prune back foliage in early to mid-spring.


Zone: 4 to 9 

Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet 

Spread 1.00 to 1.50 feet 

Bloom Time: June to September

Sun: Full sun to Part Shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil


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