Satureja hortensis
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Satureja hortensis

summer savory

  family lamiaceae 
  genus satureja 

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Genus  Satureja Species  hortensis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  summer savory Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11276 Data source  HtZn p167;MedPl p265;Frgnt p172;Xeri p276
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  No extra water Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Slightly alkaline USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Satureja hortensis have a faintly spicy aroma. Summer savory can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species requires no extra water once established.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  carminative   antibacterial   antifungal Medicinal parts  Flowers   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Satureja hortensis is most commonly used cooked. Summer savory is used as a traditional herbal remedy. It's used as a carminative, an antibacterial and an antifungal. The flowers and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  peppery aromatic leaves. warm sweet scent Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Spicy Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Satureja hortensis has an annual life cycle. Leaves: Summer savory has needlelike leaves. Flowers: This plant has tiny flower blossoms on stem tips. Most often the flowers occur in either pink or white.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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