- n Hyssopus Eurasian genus of perennial herbs or subshrubs
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n hyssopus A monotypie genus of plants of the natural order Labialeæ, tribe Satureineæ. The calyx is tubular, 15-nerved, equally 5-toothed, and naked in the throat; the corolla equals the calyx, and has two lips; the stamens are 4 in number, exserted and diverging; and the nutlets are ovoid. It is a perennial herb with wand like simple branches, lanceolate or linear entire leaves, and blue-purple flowers in small clusters crowded in a spike. H. officinalis, the only species, originally from the Mediterranean region and middle Asia, but now widely cultivated and naturalized, is the hyssop of the gardens.