The bright purple flowers and textured foliage of Lavender Hyssop are a popular addition in the sunny perennial garden, and this pollinator favorite can be added to the herb garden as well. The crushed leaves have a fragrance of mint and licorice. …
|Soil Type||Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Medium|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial|
|Height||2' - 4'|
|Bloom Time||July, Aug, Sep|
|Hardiness Zones||2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Benefits||Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant|
|Seeds per Oz||65000|
|Propagation Treatment||Dry Stratification|
|Direct Sowing Time||Spring, Fall|
The bright purple flowers and textured foliage of Lavender Hyssop are popular in the sunny perennial garden, and in the herb garden as well. Lavender flower spikes up to 6" long are produced in midsummer, and persist for up to 2 months. The crushed leaves have a fragrance of mint and licorice and can be used to make herbal teas, or dried for use in pot pourri. The seeds can be used as an alternative to poppy seeds in baking.
Also known as Giant Blue Hyssop or Anise Hyssop, this upright, clump-forming perennial of the mint family is typically found in dry upland forest edges and fields. While it is not drought tolerant, it does fares better in dry conditions than many other members of the mint family. Plants will self-seed readily, with success in well-drained soils.
The flower spikes are a pollinator favorite and offer a rich source of nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Lavender Hyssop is also a host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly.