Satureja montana (montana referring to Mountains) is also known as Winter Savory, Mountain Savory, or Winter Savoury. It is a semi-evergreen perennial. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is native to Southern Europe, the Mediterranean as well as North Africa.
It is closely related to the Summer Savory. It grows up to 40cm or 16in. ISatureja montanat was first published by Carl Linnaeus in Species Plantarum. It is a great addition to borders or wildlife gardens.
Satureja montana leaves are an oval-lanceolate. They are darker green. The small flowers that bloom in summer are purple, pink, or white. They grow on spikes. Propagate by softwood cuttings in the summer. Satureja montana is easy to grow.
Plant Winter Savory in moist but well-drained soil. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. Ensure at least six hours of sun exposure. You can prune back old growth in the early spring but even if you don’t they will sprout green leaves. Satureja montana is pest-free and disease-free.
They use Satureja montana as an herb. They use it with meats and fish. It is also used as medicinal purposes. They use it for both antiseptics and expectorant. The claim it helps colic and flatulence. Also they claim that ointment made from the plant helps with arthritic joint pain, applied externally.