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Hyssopus officinalis subsp. aristatus

Hyssop

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Key information

Plant type

Herb

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Hyssop is an aromatic herbaceous perennial from the Mediterranean region. It has linear and lance-shaped, bright green leaves. Plants have tubular violet-blue to pink flowers on long spikes. The flowers are good for wildlife, attracting bees and butterflies. H. officinalis subsp. aristatus has an upright habit, which makes it ideal for low hedging around a herb garden. The foliage can be used for culinary dishes, such as seasoning oily fish.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Hyssopus

Species: officinalis subsp. aristatus

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to prune: March to April


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