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Satureja spinosa


Plant Type:


Satureja spinosa - This Savory is found in the three high mountain massifs of Crete and a handful of Turkish isles growing about 6,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level. Though I've stated that it might be considered a "broadleaf evergreen" this handsome Savory is really a woody "subshrub" that cloaks itself in small dark green leaves during the growing season; they pick up a saturated dark red to red-purple shade when the temperatures grow cold. A truly great bee plant, this pygmy, spiny shrublet covers itself with loads white flowers sometimes touched with pink-purple markings from June to August. This perennial herb for the rock garden with deliciously aromatic foliage when bruised is related to thyme and rosemary. Savory is great in bean dishes. Site in full, blazing sun planted in impoverished, scrabbled and draining soil to which lime has been added. Too much winter wet may be deleterious - sharp drainage is important. Cutting grown.


3-5 in


6-8 in


White, White / Purple Speckles

Characteristics and Attributes for Satureja spinosa

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun


  • Container
  • Small / Miniature
  • Trough
  • Rock Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Railroad Garden
  • Edging
  • Medicinal / Herbal
  • Bank
  • Evergreen
  • Knot Garden
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Scrabbled
  • Calcareous
  • Impoverished
  • Draining

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown