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(Satureja sp)
winter savory summer savory
See Savory Varieties Chart

The two commonest types of medicinal and culinary savory are: winter savory (Satureja montana) and summer savory (Satureja hortensis).

PROPAGATION: By fresh seed (require light to germinate) and by cuttings. Annual and perennial varieties available.
NEEDS: Full sun and good garden soil.
HARVEST: Keep plant tops snipped throughout the growing season and use fresh or dried. For annual varieties, at the end of the season cut down the plant, hang to dry, then strip leaves and store.
FLOWERS: July onward, but do not allow summer varieties to flower unless the seed is desired for next year's crop.


Mild antiseptic and astringent. Source of potassium.
Has been used for occasional diarrhea, minor stomach upsets and mild sore throats.
Has been used with beans and cucumbers as an anti-flatulent.
Said to relieve bee and wasp stings. Rub fresh leaf on sting.
INFUSION = 2 to 4 Tbsp dried herb in 1 C. hot water; steep for 20 minutes. One cup per day taken for minor ailments.

Popular seasoning, especially with beans as an anti-flatulent. Has a salty flavor. Used for herbal vinegar.

Stimulating in the herbal bath.

Repels bean beetles.

Beans and onions.


No ImageSatureja Adamovica [C]- - -perennial
imageSatureja Thymbra (M)a.k.a Barrel Sweetenertender perennial
No ImageSatureja Viminea [C,M]a.k.a Jamaican Mint a.k.a Costa Rican Minttender perennial
See aboveSatureja hortensis [C,M]a.k.a Summer Savoryannual
See aboveSatureja montana [C, M]a.k.a Winter Savoryhardy perennial
No ImageS. mont. 'Nana' [C]a.k.a. Winter Dwarf Savoryperennial
No ImageS. mont. repens [C]a.k.a Dwarf Creeping Winter Savoryperennial
imageS. Douglasii [C, M]a.k.a Yerba Buenatender perennial

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