There are two types of Hyssop and this is Hyssopus officinalis. It has spikes of purple-blue flowers which are loved by bees. This small, woody shrub has narrow, aromatic leaves and is a member of the mint family. It loves sunshine and is drought resistant. There can be some confusion between the two types of Hyssop and Hyssopus officinalis is known as the true hyssop. Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, has similar flowers but the two plants come from different places: Anise hyssop from North Americal and Hyssopus officinalis from Europe. Most people agree that true hyssop has greater medicinal benefits than anise. Hyssop is even mentioned in the Bible: "Purge me with hyssop and I will be clean." This herb has been used for millennia as a holy herb, consecrated for cleaning holy places. Its name comes from the Hebrew word adobe or ezob, which literally means "holy herb".