Licorice Mint Hyssop plants produce trumpet-shaped blooms that share the colors of bronze, salmon, orange and yellow, with hints of purple and deep pink. The leaves make a refreshing tea. A very drought-tolerant, and low-maintenance plant once established.
Common Names: Sunset hyssop, threadleaf giant hyssop, rock anise, hummingbird mint, and licorice mint.
Native to Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico, it is a hardy, striking plant that attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the garden. At maturity, each plant will measure 2 feet high and 1-1.5 feet wide.
Growing Licorice Mint Hyssop
- Grow hyssop in full sun to partial shade.
- It tolerates a wide range of soils as long as there is good drainage.
- This plant has no significant pest problems but may develop root rot in wet soils or powdery mildew and leaf spots in humid climates.
- It tolerates drought once established but will also do well in moist soils as long as it has good drainage.
- It is easy to grow and rarely needs staking.
- Hyssop is easily started from seed and often blooms the first year, but also can be propagated in spring or fall by division of plants that spread by rhizomes.
- Optimum temperature for seed germination is 15-18C.
- Seeds need light to germinate, so barely cover the seeds.
- They should germinate in 1-4 weeks.
- Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle once all risk of frost has passed.
- Space the plants 30cm (12in) apart in full sun.
- Plants grown from seed may bloom the first year.
- Can be successfully grown in containers.
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