Hyssop: planting, growing and care

Hyssop is an aromatic plant that is grown in the garden as an ornamental plant, for its medicinal properties or as a condiment. In the garden, hyssop forms very recognizable little bushes with its blue flowers. It can be seen in its natural environment in the Mediterranean regions or in the Alps. It will be everywhere on your way up to 2000 m altitude. Here’s everything there is to know about growing hyssop.

Where, when and how to plant hyssop?

This aromatic plant is to be planted during spring or autumn. It requires well-drained soil and good exposure to the sun. It will nevertheless accept an exhibition in partial shade. Rather hardy, hyssop can be planted in the ground if the negative temperatures in winter do not drop below -10°C. Otherwise, favor a pot culture.

Flowering takes place during the summer, between June and August. The hyssop then reveals magnificent little blue flowers. If you choose to use it in the kitchen, the leaves should be harvested a little before flowering. If you are growing it for its medicinal properties, then the flowering tops should be harvested during flowering.

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This plant is very easy to care for. Indeed, it does not require any watering if it is in the ground (except in the event of drought). If grown in a pot, just a little watering is enough. However, an annual pruning is necessary to promote the next flowering. In winter, it will also be useful to place a mulch that will insulate it from the cold. Finally, it should be noted that a renewal of the foot must take place every 5 years.

The main enemy of hyssop is rust.


To multiply this aromatic plant, it is possible to carry out a cutting during the summer or a layering. Feel free to grow several hyssop plants in the garden, as it is a bee plant.