Botanical Name: Satureja montana
Native: Western Asia and Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 4–8
Plant Dimensions: 6″–12″ tall, 10″–12″ wide
Variety Information: Compact, semi-evergreen bush with woody stems, and linear-shaped, glossy, 1/2″–1″ long, dark green leaves. White to lilac-colored flowers appear on tips in summer and foliage may turn reddish as temperatures cool in fall.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–70°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–20 days
Seed Depth: Surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″
Row Spacing: 12″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″
Harvesting: Harvest individual leaves at any time. Entire stems may be cut after plants are at least 6″ tall, as long as you do not remove more than 1/3 of the plant. Winter savory is evergreen but flavor may be less pungent during the winter. Flavor is most intense just prior to flowering.