Hyssop, Root Beer Seeds - (Agastache rupestris)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 25 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 10 days @ 70F
- Best started indoors or direct seed early as weather permits
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Root Beer Hyssop - Better than soda pop!
Brushing against the lavender buds, salmon-orange flowers or delicate blue-green foliage leaves a lingering rich root-beer aroma. This native plant is an exotic contribution to herb gardens and perennial borders that blooms all summer the first year and is drought tolerant, hardy and easy-growing.
Also known as hummingbird mint, rock anise, and licorice mint.
Hyssop is a holy herb and was used to clean sacred places. It was used by the Egyptians to cleanse lepers, and the herb is mentioned in the Bible as a purifier. Hyssop is a name of Greek origin, adopted from the Greek azob (a holy herb). It was used by Trappist monks in the preparation of liqueurs.
The fresh and dried leaves are used to season foods and make teas. An essential oil derived from the green portions of the plant are used in making perfumes. Hyssop tea is made by pouring boiling water over the green tops. Hyssop tea is considered useful in chest diseases, coughs, colds and sore throats. The leaves can be used in salads, where it adds a bitter, minty taste.
Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees flock to its nectar-filled flowers.
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This is my favorite plant in the garden. The scent is so heavenly that I have planted it everywhere. It is pest and drought hardy and I brought it inside to overwinter -- it's doing well and now I have the scent all year around. Root beer, licorice, cotton candy ... people differ on the fragrance, but they all love it.
I hope to never be without this beautiful Hyssop. The pastel blooms are beautiful and attract assorted pollinators to the gardens. The foliage has a wonderful fragrance when touched. One cant resist so I consider it a touchy, feely plant. It brings to mind a tall, iced root beer mug on a hot summer day. I didnt use it for cooking or teas but am sure it would be delightful. Definitely a worthwhile addition to any garden, herbal or flower bed.
The Agastache seeds that you sent me last fall, were wonderful. I have a large plant in the ground now and it is beginning to seed on me and it smells so wonderful. My neighbors will be coming back from Minnesota in the fall and want to get some seeds from you and plant them for their gardens. I think it smells like A & W Root Beer and some of my friends think it smells like licorice. Either way, the butterflies and hummingbirds love it. I have folks who walk by our place every day and have to stop and touch the plant and get their wonderful smell fix from that plant. It is comical watching them. Thank you so much!