Hyssopus officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyssopus (hiss-OP-us) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Perris, California

Arvada, Colorado

Satellite Beach, Florida

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Sioux Center, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Frankfort, Kentucky

Amesbury, Massachusetts

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Charlevoix, Michigan

Belton, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Manchester, New Hampshire

Plainfield, New Jersey

Clifton Park, New York

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Vernal, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Camano Island, Washington

Freeland, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2015, ItGrowsInTOR from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

I haven't attempted to grow this plant yet but I will. It sounds lovely and perfect for my garden. However I wanted to add some information that may be worth sharing, which is referenced in an old gardening book called roses love garlic: secrets of companion planting with flowers. Written by Louise Riotte. "It may be clipped like boxwood to make a low hedge although this will be at the expense of the blossoms." and "Planted with cabbage it will deter white cabbage butterflies."


On Jul 14, 2012, Shirrush from Ramat Gan,
Israel wrote:

I just packed my first harvest of Hyssop, from one potted clump growing on my balcony: one liter of dried plant material, and about 15g of seeds. I am going to make an alcohol extraction of the leaves, stems and empty flower spikes, in order to have a cough remedy for the next Winter. This plant cannot grow in even partial shade, and was languishing for months until I moved it to a fully exposed spot. It is very fragrant, and has plenty of showy blue and pink flowers, which are extremely attractive to bees and other pollinators. Cuttings take root very easily in Spring, which is probably the reason why it has begun showing up in the retail nurseries of the Tel Aviv area.


On Sep 13, 2007, pamsaplantin from Morgantown, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this plant! It has beautiful bright blue flowers. I let the plants go to seed & after being harvested the plants rebloomed with more flowers than originally.


On Aug 12, 2006, RKChesnutt from Arvada, CO wrote:

I live in Arvada, CO and bought a Hyssop "rosa" this year as a patio plant. It has bloomed beautifully all spring & summer. I am striving for deck plants that can stay out in their pots here in the Rocky Mountains.


On Aug 29, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

Just started from seed this season and already blooming. Very pretty and dainty blue flowers and very aromatic.


On Sep 23, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

A useful culinary herb - and great for tisanes as lupinelover recommends. In my area of SW France all the plants seem to have rich royal blue flowers which makes a welcome bold splash in the herb garden


On Dec 20, 2003, ozziedigger wrote:

I'm 71 years of age and plagued with Tinea Corpus. No medication is able to effect this fungal problem.
I came across the following on the net and wish to make a tincture from Hyssop.
"Actually, some of the terpenes particularly germacrene-D and its relatives, have some antibacterial and antifungal efficacy. Interestingly, these compounds while completely worthless for treating leprosy may have some effect on diseases such as tinea corpus and others which might be easily be confused with leprosy. Perhaps mistaken identity is why hyssop was incorrectly thought to be efficacious for treating leprosy."
Another problem is that I live in Australia and seed imports are a big no-no! Can anyone help!


On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Hyssop makes a wonderful herbal tea. Its slight anise flavor makes a great complement to citrus-based blends. The plant grows so large that lots of leaves and flowers are available for use.


On May 5, 2002, HelenaCook from Oldham, Lancashire,
United Kingdom wrote:

I've been growing both blue and white varieties of Hyssop for the last five years... in my garden in Northwestern England the bushes flower from the end of June through to the middle/end of September...the bushes like plenty of space for their roots but grow very well in large containers...Hyssop was one of the original Elizabethan 'strewing' herbs, because of its antiseptic properties, and was used as a hedging plant in the formal Elizabethan herb gardens...prune back in autumn after collecting seeds...


On Jan 12, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Hyssop is a perennial herb that grows to a height of about 2' and has narrow, pointed leaves. Spikes of small flowers that are violet/blue bloom in late summer and attract butterflies and bees. There are also white and pink varieties. Hyssop is evergreen in mild climates. The leaves are used in small quantities with meats and fish. The essential oil made from the leaves has antiseptic properties and are also used in perfumes. Hardy zones 3-11. Best cultivated in full sun, fertile good draining soil. Propagate from cuttings or seed.