7 Com­mon hop

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HUMULUS LUPULUS, ZONES 3 TO 8

Craft beer lovers, re­joice! This host has been used to brew beer for more than 1,200 years. Plant com­mon hop in sandy, well-drain­ing soil, and make sure there’s plenty of room be­cause this vine grows up to 26 feet long. It al­ways winds clock­wise and has a root sys­tem up to 16 feet deep.

Why we love it: His­tor­i­cally, this plant is im­por­tant. Na­tive Amer­i­cans used it to in­duce sleep and treat rheuma­tism, pneu­mo­nia and ner­vous­ness.

Host to: east­ern comma and ques­tion mark

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