Savory - Satureja montana (Winter Savory)


An attractive, low-growing, somewhat shrubby, spreading perennial frequently grown in herb gardens for its stiff, linear to lance-shaped, pungent leaves (up to 1" long), which can be used fresh or dried as a seasoning in food. Tiny white-to-lilac flowers appear in terminal spikes from June to August. This plant has a slightly more bitter flavor than summer savory (S. hortensis). Savory's strong spicy flavor goes particularly well with mushrooms and in white sauces, and is very good in potato salads. Reported to have medicinal value. Grow with dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Best with full sun. Protection from winter wind is recommended. Winter savory makes an excellent addition to herb garden. It also has ornamental value that can be useful in rock gardens or border fronts, as a surprisingly good edging plant that may be clipped for a formal effect. Tolerates deer, drought, dry and shallow-rocky soil, and pruning. .5-1'H x 1-1.5'W. USDA Zones 6-8.