Growing Savory - summer savory, also 'Bean Herb'

Satureja hortensis : Lamiaceae / the mint family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P            

(Best months for growing Savory - summer savory in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in Garden. Lightly cover.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-10 weeks. Cut before flowers form for best flavour.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, Onions
  • Summer Savory ( - CC BY-SA 3.0)

Likes a well-drained soil in full sun. A small spindly bush with dark green leaves and white or pink flowers. The leaves are pungent and spicy.

About 30 cm (12 in) high.

Useful to attract bees and butterflies.

This is an annual plant and won't survive frost - cut it before the first frost and hang to dry. Then use the crushed or crumbled leaves. Plant in succession to extend useful life.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Savory - summer savory

Usually added to peas, beans or lentils. It has a slightly spicy flavour.

Your comments and tips

20 Apr 23, Jamal (Australia - temperate climate)
How can one propagate summer savory from cuttings and when in Victoria, Australia.
04 May 23, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google how to do cuttings of annual plants.
30 Aug 21, Ueli (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Do you sell Savory seeds? I bought seeds from King Seed summer and witer Savory, not one seed was growing. Regards Ueli (Gardenate : Try
06 Jun 18, Rebecca (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy plants or seed
08 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Go to google and look for it.
27 Oct 12, Fran (Australia - tropical climate)
Summer Savory is "GREAT" when used in potato stuffing for the Christmas turkey.
01 Nov 11, Renae (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Do you know where I can purchase it (summer savory) from in the ACT. Thank you.
17 May 11, Sharron (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Where do I find seed for savory?
07 Jun 11, (USA - Zone 7a climate)
Lots of places have savory seed for sale online. and have it.

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