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HYSSOP


  How To Grow Hyssop


PLANT TYPE: Perennial
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hyssopus officinalis
ZONE / HARDINESS: 3 to 9
MATURE PLANT SIZE: 20 to 36 inches high or more x 16 inches wide
LIGHT: Full Sun
FLOWERING PERIOD: July to September
SOIL TYPE: Light, dry, rocky, well-drained soil
pH RANGE: 6.7
KNOWN PESTS: N/A
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A


OVERVIEW:

Hyssop is a hardy perennial that grows no more than 2 feet tall. It has woody stems, small pointed leaves, and spikes of small purple flowers. There also are forms with pink or white flowers. If kept clipped, it makes a good border or small hedge.

Hyssop's pungent leaves are used to flavor liqueurs and sometimes are used as a condiment. Oil obtained from the leaves is used in making perfume.

Choose a sunny spot where the soil drains well or is dry. In early spring, sow seeds 1/4 inch deep in rows about 1 foot apart. In early summer, thin the seedlings to about 1 foot apart within the rows. Prune the plants occasionally and remove flower heads.

Hyssop require little maintenance. Hyssop Plants may need to be replaced every 4 to 5 years. Harvest just before the flowers begin to open. Hang in bunches upside down in a shady, warm, airy location. Remove the leaves and flowers from the stems. Place in airtight containers. Harvest only the green plant matter since the tough woody parts have little flavour and scent.


PROPAGATION / SOWING:

Seeds, cuttings or division in spring or fall. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep in rows about 1 foot apart.


COMPANION PLANTING:

Hyssop is said to repel flea beetles and lure away cabbage moths. Try planting hyssop next to cabbage and grapes.


CARE & GROWING:

In early spring, sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Thin in early summer to 1 foot apart for a tighter planting and 2 feet apart for ample spacing. Occasionally prune plants and remove old flower heads. Plants may need to be replaced every four to five years.


HARVESTING:

Harvest just before the flowers begin to open. Hang in bunches upside down in a shady, warm, airy location. Remove the leaves and flowers from the stems. Place in airtight containers. Harvest only the green plant matter since the tough woody parts have little flavour and scent.


USAGE:

Aromatic, cosmetic, culinary, and medicinal. Hyssop scents potpourris and perfumes. It is used in soothing herbal baths and in herbal facials to cleanse the skin. The mintlike leaves and flowers add flavor to green salads, soups, fruit salads, and teas. Hyssop can be grown in containers. It is said to have some medicinal qualities.












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Hyssop is used in the treatment of lung inflammation, sore throats and laryngitis. Hyssop flowers will lure bees into the garden, and its roots cleanse the soil and discourage soil pests.






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