Water Hyssop

Biological Name:

Bacopa monnieri (Water-Hyssop)

Natural Habitat:

Water-Hyssop: This plant is native to North America and typically grows in wet or moist habitats, such as along the edges of streams, ponds, and marshes. It is commonly found in the eastern United States and Canada.


Water-Hyssop is a perennial herb that is native to North America. It has small white flowers and opposite oval-shaped leaves. It is often found in wetland areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is water hyssop invasive?
A: Water hyssop is regarded as a seriously invasive plant in many parts of the world.

Q: What is water hyssop good for?
A: Hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic, and loss of appetite. It is also used for respiratory problems including coughs, the common cold, respiratory infections, sore throat, and asthma.

Q: Where should I plant my hyssop?
A: Hyssop prefers full sun to partial shade and dry, well-drained soil. Prior to planting, work in plenty of organic matter, such as compost or aged animal manure. It is also helpful to add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.

Q: Does hyssop grow back every year?
A: Agastache (aka Anise Hyssop) is a tender perennial with aromatic leaves and colorful flower spikes all summer long. While traditional varieties have blue or purple colored flowers, newer varieties feature bold colors such as red and orange. In warm climates, it comes back consistently each year.

Q: Should I cut back hyssop?
A: Pruning. Anise Hyssop is a fairly independent plant and won’t need much attention once it has established itself in your landscape. Occasional pruning can help encourage the plant to bloom and keep the plant looking its best. Pruning is best done in early spring, using a pair of clean pruning shears.

Q: Is hyssop plant safe for dogs?
A: Although there is some research showing that an essential oil from Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is an effective insecticide against several species of insects, there is nothing to say that eating parts of the plant would harm tortoises, and it is generally considered safe for cats and dogs.

Q: Does hyssop attract bugs?
A: Here at Phipps, you will find hyssop abuzz with insects; it is an important nectar and pollen source for both European honeybees and native bumblebees. Hyssop also attracts non-Apis species such as hoverflies, butterflies and moths.

Q: Is water hyssop edible?
A: Water Hyssop, Bacopa monnieri, is edible but very bitter. It looks like dwarf purslane except all green. The blossoms differ as well. Water Hyssop has four- or five-petaled blossoms.

Q: Is hyssop a sedative?
A: Hyssop has mild sedative properties and may also be helpful in relieving colic, but research is lacking. has mild sedative properties and may also be helpful in relieving colic, but research is lacking.

Q: What is hyssop water?
A: Also known as Water hyssop, Herb-of-grace is a creeping, mat-forming perennial that occurs naturally in coastal hammocks and swales, swamps, salt and freshwater marshes, and along river, stream and ditch edges. It typically blooms spring through fall, but may bloom year-round.

Q: What is the benefits of water hyssop?
A: Water hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems, including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic, and loss of appetite. It is also used for respiratory problems, including coughs, respiratory infections, sore throats, and asthma.

Q: What are the side effects of hyssop?
A: Side effects are mild and include gastrointestinal upset, anxiety and tremors. Hyssop may exacerbate seizure disorders, particularly in children when given as oil.

Q: What are the benefits of drinking hyssop tea?
A: Tea made from true hyssop has been used to help treat coughs, earaches, asthma, and bloating.

Q: How do you eat hyssop water?
A: Edible Uses The leaves can be eaten raw in mixed salads, or cooked as a vegetable, added to soups or pickled[ 301 ]. The flowers are eaten in times of food shortage.

Q: Why did they use hyssop in the Bible?
A: In the Old Testament hyssop was used to sprinkle blood as part of the Jewish Passover. Hyssop was mentioned in the Bible for its cleansing effect in connection with plague, leprosy and chest ailments and symbolically in cleansing the soul.

Q: What is hyssop known for?
A: Hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems, infection of the airways, poor circulation, skin problems, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. In foods, hyssop oil and extract are used as a flavoring.

Q: Where is water hyssop found?
A: Bacopa monnieri, or Water Hyssop, is a native perennial tropical wildflower typically found in moist wet places such as freshwater tidal marshes, riparian areas, streams, pools, and muddy shores.

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