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Hyssopus officinalis
HERB-HYSSOP-BLUE (JUFA) (SALE) an evergreen shrub used as a food & medicinal herb a 30-60cm tall shrub.  Stems begin from a single base & are covered in small green scented leaves.
The blue flowers are borne on the top parts of the stem in summer & are harvested & dried. Plants may die back in very cold areas & reshoot in spring.  As a herb, the young green stem tips & flowers may be added to cooking or salads.
Hyssop is used for the healing assets of its volatile oils, extract by steeping the dried or fresh green leafy stems in hot water to make a soothing tea. Due to its slight bitter & minty flavour, it is used in soups, salads & meats.
The essential oil of the herb is credited with its astringent, expectorant & anti-inflammatory properties. As a tonic, it is known to lower fevers. A member of the Mint family it attracts bees & butterflies, re-seeds well. In Autumn, new plants can be created by root division.

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How to Grow Hyssop-Blue (Jufa)

  1. Blue Hyssop thrives in a sunny location with well-drained soil and at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  2. Sow seeds or transplant seedlings 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) deep into the soil.
    Maintain a spacing of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) between plants.
  3. Water regularly to maintain soil moisture, especially during the growing season
    Water deeply when the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry.
  4. Temperature Required to grow ideallly will be between 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C)
    Protect the plant from frost, as it can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
  5. Fertilise using a balanced fertiliser with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
    Apply the fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.
  6. Prun regularly by pinching back the growing tiop to encourage bushier growth
  7. Harvest the leaves when the plant reaches at least 6 inches (15 cm) in height. 
  8. Keep an eye out for aphids and spider mites.
    Use neem oil or insecticidal soap for natural pest control.
  9. Overwinter in colder climates by applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to protect it from winter
    Blue Hyssop is generally hardy, but extra precautions in extreme cold are beneficial.
    Once Blooming has ceased and the seed capsules are completely dryed, they can be collected and sotred for next seasons growing. In some areas they will readily self-seed.
Heritage of Hyssop-Blue (Jufa)

Blue Hyssop, or Hyssopus officinalis, has a rich heritage dating back to ancient times. It is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia and has been cultivated for its aromatic leaves and vibrant blue flowers. Traditionally, Blue Hyssop has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes, known for its soothing properties and flavorful addition to various dishes. The herb’s heritage includes a long history of being valued for its diverse qualities in different cultures and civilizations.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

45-60 cm (1.5-2 feet)

Season of Interest

Late spring to early Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

15-21°C (60-70°F)

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings


Well-drained soil


6.0 - 7.0

Soil Temperature (°C)

18-24°C (65-75°F)

Seed Preparation

Scarify seeds or soak them in warm water for 24 hours before sowing.

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.6 cm (1/4 inch)

Plant Spacing (cm)

30-45 cm (12-18 inches)

Row spacing (cm)

45-60 cm (18-24 inches)


Keep soil consistently moist, especially during the growing season. Water deeply when the top 2.5 cm (1 inch) of soil feels dry.

Germination Time (Days)

14-21 days

Harvest Time (Days)

Begin harvesting when the plant reaches a height of at least 15 cm (6 inches)

Good Companion Plants

Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregano

Bad Companion Plants

Cabbage and Broccoli, Carrots, Beans


Aphids, Spider Mites


Powdery Mildew, Root Rot

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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