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Hyssop officinalis
Jefferson noted including hyssop in his 1794 list of "Objects for the garden this year." Hyssop, an evergreen bushy herb, is alluded to in the Bible and has been cultivated for its medicinal and culinary value since ancient Greece. However, because of its weak aroma and bitter taste, it is not as widely used as a spice as it once was.
Growth Type: 
Blue, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 7 to 2001 Jun 142002 Jun 7 to 2002 Aug 22003 Jul 4 to 2003 Sep 262004 Jun 8 to 2004 Sep 102006 Jul 4 to 2006 Sep 152007 Jun 25 to 2007 Sep 72012 May 24 to 2012 Aug 72014 Jun 16 to 2014 Jul 10
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