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Satureja montana

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Herbs - Culinary

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

winter savory

Family

Lamiaceae


Satureja can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs with aromatic, linear to obovate leaves and spike-like clusters of tubular 2-lipped flowers in summer

S. montana is a dwarf, sub-shrubby perennial with narrowly lance-shaped dark green leaves and dense spikes of small, whorled purple flowers in summer

Other common names

  • winter savoury

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile well-drained, preferably alkaline soil, in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back old shoots in early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free