Hyssopus officinalis
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Hyssopus officinalis

European hyssop

  family lamiaceae 
  genus hyssopus 

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Genus  Hyssopus Species  officinalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  European hyssop Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11817 Data source  HtZn p128;MedPl p220;Frgnt p177
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Hyssopus officinalis is a good hummingbird feeder. European hyssop has mild resinous leaves. This plant can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to light shade is ideal for this plant. It usually does best in dry, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  tonic   expectorant   sedative   carminative Medicinal parts  Flowers   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  May induce epileptic seizures. Medicinal notes  Hyssopus officinalis has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a tonic, as an expectorant, as a sedative and as a carminative. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) European hyssop is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. This plant is not permitted in some countries. The flowers and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations. May induce epileptic seizures.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  camphor scented leaves. bitter odor Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Resinous Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Hyssopus officinalis is an herbaceous perennial. Leaves: European hyssop has narrow leaves that line square stems. Flowers: This plant has spikes of tubular flowers. Most often the blossoms occur in either violet or blue.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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