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Care of the plant Hyssopus officinalis or Hyssop.

Care of the plant Hyssopus officinalis or Hyssop

The genus Hyssopus, family Lamiaceae, comprises 12 species of herbaceous and semi-shrub plants native to Asia. Some species are: Hyssopus officinalis, Hyssopus aristata, Hyssopus vulgaris.

Common name: Hyssop. This species is native to Southern Europe and the Middle East.

They are herbaceous or sub-shrubby plants of dense growth that reach 60 cm (23.6") in height. The leaves are small, very aromatic and have an oblong-lanceolate shape. The flowers appear in spikes and are blue (sometimes pink or white). It blooms during the summer.

They are used to create low hedges and in aromatic plant gardens. The leaves are used in cooking for salads and as a condiment. They have expectorant and antitussive properties (for bronchitis, tonsils and asthma); they are also used to treat wounds and intestinal worms.

Hyssopus officinalis needs a sunny exposure. The ideal annual average temperature is 15-25 ºC (59-77 ºF); they can grow in temperate-cold climates.

They are quite rustic plants that can grow in any soil but prefer limestone soils. Planting is done in spring or late winter.

Water regularly throughout the year so that the substrate does not dry out completely.

They do not need fertilizers.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds sown in late winter or early spring and by division at the time of transplantation.

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Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssopus officinalis