SATUREJA

FAMILY: Lamiaceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Varies by Species

Plant Details

These aromatic plants serve many culinary purposes. They're used to flavor sauces, vinegars, stews, soups, meat stuffings, and vegetables. Summer savory has a mild, delicate flavor; winter savory has a strong, pungent taste and retains its intensity when dried. Both are favored by honeybees but ignored by deer.

summer savory

satureja hortensis

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • From southeastern Europe.
  • Upright to 112 feet., with loose, open habit.
  • Aromatic, rather narrow leaves to 112 inches long; use fresh or dried as a seasoning.
  • Whorls of tiny, delicate, pinkish white to rose flowers in summer.
  • Grow in light, well-drained, organically enriched soil.
  • Sow seeds in place; thin to 1112 feet apart.
  • Good potted plant.
  • Regular water.
  • Midget is bushy and uniform, with a high oil content.

winter savory

satureja montana

  • Shrubby perennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • From southern Europe.
  • To 15 inches high, 2 feet wide.
  • Stiff, narrow to roundish leaves to 1 inches long.
  • Use leaves fresh or dried; clip at start of flowering season for drying.
  • Blooms profusely in summer, bearing whorls of small white to lilac flowers that attract bees.
  • Use in rock garden, as dwarf clipped hedge in herb garden (space plants 112 feet apart).
  • Grow in light, well-drained soil.
  • Prune as needed to keep compact.
  • Moderate water.

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