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Summer Savory
Lamiaceae
Satureja hortensis


lorincook
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Herb

Lamiaceae Family

Satureja Genus
Physical Description
Summer savory is a half-hardy annual that self sows freely and has a strong, hot and slightly bitter flavor reminiscent of thyme. It is called so in reference to it's counterpart, and a separate species called Winter Savory, which has a similar flavor. Summer Savory grows to about 14 inches and has slender, erect, and tangled winding stems. Summer Savory has sparse leaves and blooms small, pale pink flowers. Native to the Mediterranean, it was much in demand in early Rome where it was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac.


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Tounge Order (Mints)
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General Information

Annual


Sun to Partial Shade

Cultivation

Sow seeds in spring, thinning to every six inches. Plants need a sunny location and look good in rock gardens.

Uses

Use summer savory to flavor beans, peas, pork, game and sausages. Finely chopped leaves can be added to soups and stews near the end of their cooking time. The herb makes a flavorful oil or vinegar. Medicinally, it is used as a tonic and digestive. Dried foliage and flowers are used in arrangements.

Summer savory is used as a companion plant for beans because it helps deter bean beetles.


During mid-summer will bloom flowers that are Rose Mauve, or Violet Lavender, Purple, or White Near White


Average Water Needs

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)


From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored



Summer Savory - Plant
Summer Savory - Plant - July 31, 2009



Summer Savory - Plant
Summer Savory grown in Salt Lake City - July 31, 2009



Summer Savory - Plant
Summer Savory - Plant - July 31, 2009



Summer Savory - Plant
Summer Savory - Plant - July 31, 2009

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