This page gives instructions on how to buy hyssop seeds from David's Garden Seeds.
Hyssop is a great plant for attracting bees. This is a plant from the Mint family with bright blue-violet flowers. Popular ornamental for the perennial bed. Hyssop Tea has a soothing quality. Ready to harvest in 85-90 days
Hyssop 1000 Open Pollinated Seeds
Anise Hyssop is grown with open pollinated seeds. Special selection is very aromatic, with a sweet licorice-mint flavor. Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried for salads, teas and garnishes. Great bee plant. Medicinal: Aerial parts are energizing and cooling. Beautiful decorative herb used for potpourri and to make a superb aromatic herb tea. Also quite tasty as a salad green. Excellent nectar plant for beekeepers. Attractive spires of lavender flowers. Medicinal: Relaxes capillaries. Used by some Asians and American Indians for chest pain and respiratory ailments. Ready to harvest in about 105 days
Anise Hyssop 1000 Open Pollinated Seeds
Anise hyssop, also called lavender hyssop or licorice mint, is a perennial from the mint family that is native to Northern America. Native Americans once used it to treat wounds, diarrhea, cough and fevers. Anise hyssop makes a beautiful addition to flower beds and herb gardens. Its fragrant purple flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Anise hyssop grows to a height of 24 to 36 inches. It is recommended that you plant you anise hyssop in pots and later transplant it to its permanent location, however, it is possible to direct sow as well. It blooms in 75 to 80 days from planting. Anise hyssop blooms from early summer through fall. It easily self-seeds and sends out shoots from its roots.
Begin planting after the last frost. To plant for later transplanting, press seeds into potting soil, or barely cover. The seeds need light to germinate. Anise hyssop should germinate in 7 to 16 days. To get an early start, you can plant indoors up to four weeks before the last frost. They can be transplanted to their permanent home at any time after sprouting, but it’s best to wait until they are at least 3 to 4 inches tall.
When ready to transplant, choose a sunny part of your garden. Anise hyssop does well in a variety of soil types, but prefers sandy, moist, well-drained soil. You can mix some builder’s sand into the soil. Place seedlings 6 to 12 inches apart in garden, in rows that are 24 to 36 inches apart.
You can begin harvesting anise hyssop once it begins to bloom, which usually occurs in early summer, or within 80 days of planting. Be careful not to over-harvest as the plant does need its leaves to thrive. To create a bushier plant, cut about one third of the plant back after it blooms. Anise hyssop is great in recipes as a fresh herb, but you can also dry it for use it during the off-season or as potpourri.
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