Hardy, midsummer to early fall-flowering, North American perennial
Description: Flat-topped clusters of white, fluffy flowers; gray-green, narrow, fine-textured foliage like hyssop leaves (Hyssopus officinalis) in whorls around the stems
Habit: Grows 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide; naturalizes
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and average, well-draining to dry, sandy soils
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
A member of the Aster family, Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort is native to dry grasslands, open woods, roadsides, and fields in the Eastern United States from New York south to Florida and west to Wisconsin and Texas. Eupatorium hyssopifolium was included in Linnaeus’ Species Plantarum (1753) and was once used as a snake-bite remedy. The late-season blooms of this species attract a wide range of pollinators and beneficial insects, but this plant is not attractive to deer. Beautiful when massed in wildflower meadows with grasses and other perennials.