Hyssopus plant


Hyssopus (hyssop) is a genus of herbaceous or semi-woody plants in the family Lamiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia as far east as Mongolia.They are aromatic, with erect branched stems up to 60 cm long covered with fine hairs at the tips. The leaves are narrow oblong, 2 to 5 cm long. The small blue flowers are borne on the upper part of the branches during summer.

What are the alternative names for the Hyssopus plant?

Hyssopus is commonly known as hyssop. The Scientific name is Hyssopus officinalis.

How to grow a Hyssopus plant?

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. May be grown from seed sown in early spring. Plants will self-seed in the garden. Plants are evergreen subshrubs in warm winter climates. Propagate by division in spring, cuttings or seed.

Flowering data

Flower ColorBlue to purple
FlowerShowy, Fragrant
Plant typeHerbaceous perennial
Bloom TimeJune to September
SunFull sun to part shade
Bloom DescriptionPurple-blue
WaterDry to medium

Where does Hyssopus plant originate from?

Hyssop is native to southern Europe and western Asia, and is widely introduced as an ornamental, medicinal plant and culinary herb. It has escaped cultivation in scattered parts of North America, including New England.

Read about more flowers in the Labiatae (Lamiaceae) plant family

If you like this flower you may be interested in reading about the Coleus buntnessel plant, which is in the same plant family as the Hyssopus plant.

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