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Hyssop: characteristics, growing and planting conditions, uses and care.

Hyssop is lovely in the landscape and useful in the kitchen. Growing a hyssop plant is easy and makes a lovely addition to the garden. Hyssop is a tall-growing, flowering herb which, in addition to its physical charm, has a number of medicinal and culinary uses.

– Hyssop originated in the south east of Europe, including the south of Russia and norht of Africa.
– The plants of the genus hyssop belongs to the family, Lamiaceae or the mint family.
– Hyssop is a perennial plant. Only its flowers which can be bright blue, pink or white and young leaves, the most tender, are used.
– Herb with erect and slender, semi-woody stem, that can grow up to a height of about 60 cm.
– The leaves are small and narrow and are oblong in shape.
– They can reach a length of about 2 to 5 cm.
– The flowers can attract a large number of bees, butterflies and hoverflies, due to their strong scent.

Growing and Planting Conditions

– Hyssop likes a sunny place.
– It likes well drained, alkaline soil.
– Sow below the soil surface, with a spacing of 25 to 30cm, in the autumn.
– Sow hyssop seeds indoors or directly in the garden about 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
– Hyssop seeds usually take between 14-21 days to germinate.
– When harvesting, cut it in the morning hours once any dew has dried. Hang the plants upside down in small bunches to dry in a dark, well-ventilated area.


– Hyssop flavors omelets and mixed with other herbs like thyme, mint, or bay leaf, can flavor vegetable dishes, like menestras, and sauces, flavored vinegars and liquors.
– Used in fruits and salads to sausages and meat.
– A border plant within a herb garden, and is regarded to be ideal for growing along with cabbages.
– The medicinal properties of the plant can be mainly attributed to the highly aromatic and volatile oil present in its leaves, stems and flowers.


– Some types are very drought tolerant but all flower better if they receive adequate rainfall or supplemental water.
– Hyssop will not tolerate wet soil in the winter.
– Fertilize them once a year in spring.

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