Growing Attractive Hyssop Plants In Your Garden
Hyssop plants are attractive flowering herbs commonly grown for its flavorful leaves in the garden. Hyssop refers to a group of herbaceous plants which may first have been grown in the Mediterranean. Its uses are numerous, it can be an herb used for seasoning, but is more often used in medicinal remedies. Farmers enjoy the varieties of hyssop because they attract bees, providing surer ways of pollinating crops. The flowers, which bloom in late May, are quite pretty, and any variety of this plant can be a nice addition to a wildflower garden. The taste of the plant is described as somewhat minty with a bitter aftertaste. It may have been part of the bitter herbs used in Jewish Passover ceremonies and there is biblical reference to the plant. When Jesus is given a sponge soaked with wine during his crucifixion, the sponge is offered on a stalk of hyssop.
Hyssop garden plants grows in stems that in some varieties can reach about two feet (about 61 cm) in height. The leaves can be around 1-2 inches ((2.54-5.08 cm) in length. The leaves themselves are semi-oblong in shape and can be plucked off the stem for use in a variety of applications. As flavoring, hyssop may be used in small amounts to flavor soups, stews, or meats. A few leaves can make a nice addition to herb or wild lettuce salads.