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Hyssop

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Hyssop

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Hyssop

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(Hyssopus officinalis)

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Common Names
Hyssop

Botanical Name
Hyssopus officinalis

Plant Family
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native Range
Southern Europe

Life Cycle
Perennial

Hardiness Zone
5-9

Habit
Hyssop makes a tidy plant in the garden, growing to 1.5 to 2ft tall and wide, in a nice rounded bush. In June you can find the plants aglow with their luminescence blue inflorescences. When started from seed you will occasionally find a few pink flowering plants, and less commonly, an occasional white one as well. 

Sun/Soil
Full sun, loose well-drained soil. Tolerates sandy soil and drought.

Germination/Sowing
The plants are very satisfying to grow from seed. The seeds have an excellent germination rate and sprout happily into rapidly growing seedlings. The plants often bloom in the first season and by the next are nearly full grown. 

Growing/Care
Easy to care for. Flowering stems can be trimmed back after flowering to keep the plants tidy. Do not cut all the way back. In mild climates the plants often remain evergreen, here in the PNW it varies from year to year and we usually end up cutting them back at least half way to allow for fresh new growth. 

A great companion plant in the garden, it repels flea beetles and cabbage moths.

Harvesting
The aerial parts can be harvested in bloom. 

Culinary Uses
Hyssop is sometimes used as a culinary spice, similar to thyme.

Medicinal Uses
Hyssop has been in use as a medicinal herb since ancient times. It was one of the herbs used to flavor Chartreuse, a herbal liquor created by Catholic Monks in the 1700’s. 

Hyssop is a wonderful herb to soothe sore throats, and simply chewing on a fresh leaf or two out of the garden will bring great relief in this respect. The herb is a specific for respiratory infections, helping ease the symptoms of cold and flu, and bring about expectoration. 

High in volatile oils, Hyssop is energetically warming, pungent, and bitter. It has a stimulating effect opening the pores and increasing secretions in the body. Slightly skunky smelling when fresh, the leaves become lovelier in minty and camphorous aromatics as they dry. 

Themes
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Low Maintenance, Drought Tolerant.