Blue flowered herb/rock plant ID'd by Oron and Alisdair as Hyssopus officinalis

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I grew this from seed from the NARGS 2003 Seedex as Satureja spicigera but it appears to be more like a hyssop.
This is actually a seedling which came up this year but the original plant is still going strong 14 years after being planted in a raised bed in the rock garden.
Any suggestions on a correct identification?
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« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 08:34:28 AM by Alisdair »
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Re: Blue flowered herb/rock plant
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 06:49:28 AM »
Fermi,

I toght of Hyssopus angustolius but i see now it is a synonym for H. officinalis which looks a bit different to me..
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Re: Blue flowered herb/rock plant
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 08:53:10 AM »
Angustifolius does mean narrow-leafed, and the leaves of hyssop do vary in shape even though the taxonomists seem to have decided there's no such thing as H. angustifolius even as a var. or a subspecies. Also some of the old botanical illustrations of H. officinalis show very narrow-leaf forms. So perhaps we can agree that this is H. officinalis, a very narrow-leafed form that used to be known as H. angustifolius?
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Re: Blue flowered herb/rock plant
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 09:55:34 AM »
Sounds good to me... ;)
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Thanks, Oron and Alisdair,
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Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
member of AGS, SRGC, NARGS
working as a physio to support my gardening habit!