Hyssop or hyssopus officinalis is a bright, semi-evergreen, bushy shrub from the mint family. It originated in Europe and the Middle East. The plant can survive temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius, making it hardy enough to flourish in many places around the world. It has a variety of purposes, particularly food and medicine. The use of hyssop dates back over thousands of years, and the plant was even mentioned in the bible.


1. Hyssop’s Appearance

Hyssop is a compact shrub with linear leaves. In the summer and early autumn, it blossoms, usually with blue flowers, though they may also be white or pink. These flowers become small, rectangular-shaped fruit in the fall. The bush reaches one and a half feet in height and can spread up to three feet across.

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