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    Hyssopus officinalis

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    Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Hyssop flowers

    Hyssop flowers

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    Height:  30 inches

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Edible Qualities

    Hyssop is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The fragrant oval forest green leaves are usually harvested from mid spring to early fall. The leaves have a minty taste.

    The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

    • Seasoning
    • Tea

    Features & Attributes

    Hyssop has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented powder blue flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant oval leaves remain forest green in colour throughout the season.

    This is an herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Self-Seeding

    Aside from its primary use as an edible, Hyssop is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
    • Herb Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Hyssop will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Herb 
    Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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