Summer Savory

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

 

Water

Sun

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Summer Savory

 

Satureja hortensis

Lamiaceae

Turkey and Mediterranean region

 

Moist

Full sun

Medium rich; well-drained

 

12-18"

6-8"

12-18"

Price

4" Pots:  $2.20

6" Pots:  $3.50

Clay pots and planters:  Prices Vary

Description

Upright branching stems with small, green, linear-lanceolate leaves.  Small white or pale lilac colored flowers appear in summer

Keeping it Going

  • Prune to encourage branching stems and new growth

  • Keep in full sun.

  • Must have well-drained soil

  • Ensure plant is adequately watered in the summer.  Drought stress will cause the plant to bolt.

Won't Tolerate

  • Soggy soil - do not over water

  • Poor air circulation

History

&

Points of Interest

  • Ancient Romans commonly used savory as a flavoring in their cuisine.  It was also thought to improve the flavor of honey and was planted near beehives.

  • The English transported savory with them when settling new areas in order to remember their English gardens.

  • Uses:   Medicinal and Culinary

  • Medicinal:  Antiseptic, antibacterial properties and is said to improve digestion.  It was established in the 1980's, through scientific research, that savory does have antibacterial properties.  

  • Culinary:  Often cooked with beans and meat dishes, savory has a peppery/spicy flavor that some say tastes like a combination of thyme and marjoram.

  • Note:  The savories, both summer and winter, stimulate the uterus and are not to be given to pregnant women in medicinal doses.

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