Humulus lupulus

Humulus lupulus

Hops

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Humulus lupulus
  • Common name: Hops
  • Family: Cannabaceae
  • Plant Type: Climber, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Green

Foliage colour:

Green

Humulus lupulus is a fast-climbing perennial, bearing masses of large, yellow-green leaves from spring to autumn. The flowers borne on females can be used in dried flower displays – if left, they develop into hops.

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It’s ideal for covering an arch or pergola. Its hops can be used in brewing, dried flower arrangements or used to make ‘hop pillows’ to aid sleeping.

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Grow Humulus lupulus in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back foliage hard every spring to promote fresh new growth.

How to grow Humulus lupulus

  • Plant size

    5m height

    1.8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Humulus lupulus and wildlife

Humulus lupulus is known for attracting butterflies​/​moths. It is a caterpillar food plant, provides shelter and habitat and makes a good wildlife hedge.

Does not attract Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Humulus lupulus poisonous?

Humulus lupulus can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People