Savory, Winter

Winter Savory

  • botanical name: Satureja montana
  • perennial zones 5-9
  • height 6-15″
  • spacing 8″ apart
  • full sun tolerant
  • poor-average, well-drained soil
  • flower color pink or purple
  • uses in garden: great in containers, drought tolerant, evergreen, fragrant
  • use in small amounts in hearty soups and stews that contain beans, beef or chicken, flavoring in salami
  • attracts bees and butterflies

Winter savory is an evergreen perennial with dark, glossy leaves and a rich, peppery scent. It has white clusters of starry blooms that resemble snow and a versatile, bushy growth habit. Savory is well known for flavoring salami. Plant this herb in the sun and use small amounts of its leaves in hearty dishes such as soups and stews which contain beef or chicken. Aids in digestion when added to bean dishes.

Sowing Instructions:
You may sow seed directly into fine garden soil or start indoors early, then transplant in spring when all danger of frost has passed.

Spread seed on warm soil and cover with 1/8-1/4 inch fine soil. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Once plants are two to three inches tall, thin to space plants 8 inches apart. 100 days to harvest. For best results, prune established plants severely in spring before new growth appears.