HYSSOP

FAMILY: Lamiaceae | GENUS: HYSSOPUS officinalis

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

This compact southern European herb grows 2 ft. high, 3 ft. wide, with narrow, glossy, dark green leaves on woody-based stems. Foliage has a pungent scent and a peppery taste; sometimes used in cooking. Profusion of dark blue flower spikes appears throughout summer and into autumn; not a dramatic show but pleasing. 'Rosea' has pink blooms; selections with white and lavender blooms also exist.

Start from seed sown in early spring or stem cuttings in late spring or early summer. Once established, it may self-sow. Takes some drought but will thrive with regular moisture if drainage is good. Tolerates trimming as a low hedge or as border for a knot garden.

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