Hyssop, True (Organic)
Hyssopus officinalis. Perennial in zones 4-10.
Easy to grow, True Hyssop is a useful ornamental herb that easily fits in a perennial or medicinal herb garden. Small (12-18”), evergreen, drought resistant plants would make a good short hedge and do well in containers. Plants will flower in the first year and in subsequent seasons, will bloom over a longer period of time. Hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects love the pretty purple-blue flower spikes and according to Mother Earth Living, “Legend has it that beekeepers rubbed their hives with hyssop and other herbs to encourage bees to stay.” With its pleasantly fresh, sweetly bitter, and almost minty fragrance, True Hyssop is also a culinary herb and can be used medicinally in tea as a remedy for coughs and colds. Native to southern and eastern Europe.
Direct sow seeds 1/4″ deep 4 weeks before last frost, or sow in flats up to 10 weeks before last frost for transplant. Germination may be slow and erratic. Thin or transplant to 10” centers. Grows well in full sun and prefers soil with good drainage. May self-sow.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand, winnow or screen to clean.
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