Hyssop Plant
Hyssop plant seeds
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The hyssop plant generally has flowers of blue spikes, though some varieties have pink or red colored flowers and is a great addition to any garden. Although it is a staple plant in herb gardens, it also serves as a great border plant in flower gardens. Most of the time the hyssop plant is grown outside, but it can be successfully grown in containers. With a large root system, it is necessary to make sure that the plant is started in a large pot. This will lessen the chance of damage to the plant due to replanting when it outgrows the smaller pot. If you do not have to re-pot, the plant will be stronger. The plant can grow to two feet high and two feet around, but can be trimmed back as needed. Its multiple, upright stems grow straight up, with flowers all along the stalk. Because of its fullness, it is sometimes used as a hedge. The flowers retain their blue color when dried so are used by crafters in dried flower arrangements. If the seeds are planted outside in the fall, they will remain dormant until spring.

The herb needs to be planted in well-drained, drier soil, with full sun or partial shade, much like a fennel plant. It also does very well in rocky soil. Sowing the seeds eight to ten weeks prior to the last frost, just below the surface no deeper than a quarter inch into the soil. It takes two to three weeks for the seeds to germinate. Transplanting them from indoors to the outside may be done after the threat of spring frost has passed. By spacing them six to twelve inches apart when they are four to five inch seedlings, this allows for the best chance for survival of the sprouts in the outside bed. Once the plant is well-rooted, it will require almost no maintenance other than occasionally trimming it back. Watering it once a week will keep the plant healthy, pruning it back once per month to remove the old flower heads to make room for more. To bring the plants back year after year, cut them to the ground at the later part of winter.

The plant is an aromatic herb which is used for fragrance in many household products. In the seventh century, the plant was freely distributed around 'sick' rooms because its aroma is similar to camphor. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was used as a cure for jaundice and sore throat. It can be found growing wild in meadows due to its preference for full sunlight. Hyssop is used in salads, stews, soups, teas and some liquors. It is also a component in some facial mask products.
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