Also known as
Nettle-Leaved Hyssop, Korean Mint, Wrinkled Giant Hyssop, Chinese Giant-Hyssop, Blue licorice, Purple giant hyssop, Huo xiang, Indian mint, Patchouli herb, Bangannip
This plant has a mild fragrance
Giant Hyssop Overview
Ideal plant to add colour to the garden in late seasons when plants are fading. Provides a striking colourful impact to beds, containers, borders, herb gardens and landscaping. It is part of the Mint family and used as herb in recipes.
Common problems with Giant Hyssop
How to harvest Giant Hyssop
Harvest leaves and stems in Springs/early winter/late summer removing the leaves of the stem.
How to propagate Giant Hyssop
Divide plants in spring.
Sow seeds in spring in a greenhouse or warm area and only just cover the seed. Plant out in late spring or early summer.
Take cuttings of young shoots in spring. Re-pot young shoots (10 - 15cm) tall in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse/warm area. Roots appear within 3 weeks. Plant out in summer/following spring.
Special features of Giant Hyssop
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies and bees
Grows well in well-drained soil in pots, beds and containers.
Put pots under direct sunlight in well-drained soil. Prune and remove spent flowering spikes through the season.
Hummingbirds and nectar feeders
Other uses of Giant Hyssop
This is one of the 50 main medicinal plants used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been found to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Used for herbal teas and grown as an ornamental plant. Attracts beneficial insects to the garden.
Leaves and stem are used to improve the appetite and strengthen the digestive system, it relieves symptoms such as abdominal bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Also shows anticancer activity.
Young leaves - raw or cooked is used as a flavouring or as an addition to the salad bowl. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute. It has a pleasant flavour.