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Summer savory

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Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
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Origin and description

Summer savory is native to the Mediterranean. It has a spicy, peppery scent similar to thyme and mint. Its leaves and flowers can be used to flavor meals.
Cycle: annual.
Spacing: 25 cm.
Height: 30 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

The 'Aromata' cultivar is more compact and has a higher concentration of the essential oil.

Common name

Summer savory

Latin name (genus)

Satureja hortensis

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: Full sun.

Pruning and maintenance

Pinch back regularly.


Sow seed indoors in March-April.
Sow seed outdoors in May.


Culinary use: The leaves and flowers can be used to flavour salads, soups, meats and vinegars. Savoury combines very well with chervil and tarragon.
It is often added to legumes because of its ability to neutralize flatulence.

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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