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Humulus lupulus
Humulus lupulus

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Zones A2, A3, 1-10, 14-21, 28-45
Full Sun
Regular Water

Humulus lupulus

Common Hop
Deciduous, Perennials, Vines


Extremely fast-growing perennial vines with large, deeply lobed, toothed leaves to 6 in. long are attractive for summer screening on trellises or arbors—and one species yields the hops used in beer. Bloom comes in late summer. Male plants produce flower panicles; females bear blossoms in striking greenish spikes reminiscent of pine cones.

Humulus lupulus

From many northern temperate regions of the world. This species produces the traditional flavoring for beer. The hops, or female flowers, are soft, flaky, 1 to 2-in., light green cones of bracts and blossoms that emit a fresh, piny fragrance. Bright green leaves have three to five lobes. Tender top shoots can be cooked as a vegetable.

Plants sold in nurseries are typically female; no pollenizer needed. May be offered as potted plants or as dormant roots. The roots should be planted in rich soil in early spring; set just below surface of soil with thick end up.


This female variety has golden-green, almost chartreuse leaves.

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