• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Satureja montana

Winter savory

Winter savory

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Winter savory
    Winter savoury

  • Genus Satureja can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs with aromatic, linear to obovate leaves and spike-like clusters of tubular 2-lipped flowers in summer

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Species S. montana is a dwarf, sub-shrubby perennial with narrowly lance-shaped dark green leaves and dense spikes of small, whorled purple flowers in summer

  • Plant range S Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Leaf



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile well-drained, preferably alkaline soil, in full sun

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Cut back old shoots in early spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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