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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Hyssopus officinalis
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 20-36 inches high; 16 inches wide
Location and soil: sun; tolerates poor soil
Uses: dried leaves in tea, potpourris, and perfumes; fresh leaves in salads, soups, and teas; bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds, division, and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 3-4 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 3-4 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time:
Germination temp.:
Days to maturity:
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Harvest: pick fresh leaves as needed; just before flowers open, cut stems and hang them upside down in bunches in a warm, airy place to dry, then remove leaves and flowers and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: plants eventually become woody, so bed needs to be renewed every 3-4 years

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