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Satureja montana ssp. illyrica (Winter Savory 'Purple')Herb Plant
Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.
The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.
Winter Savory 'Purple' (Satureja montana ssp. illyrica)Herb in 1 Litre Pot
This is the purple flowering compact version of Winter savory (Satureja montana) is a perennial semi-woody herb of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. A native of Southern Europe it grows to about 50 cm tall and bears opposite leaves on the growing parts of the stalks. It is easy to grow, but requires a well-drained soil and direct sunlight for at least six hours a day.
Small purple flowers appear in summer, and a light prune is advised after these have faded is recommended to keep the plant neat. It is also worth clipping over the top of the plant in Spring to get a fresh supply of young leaves for picking.
The fresh leaves have a strong spicy flavour and make an excellent accompaniment with bean stews and with meats, working especially well as a flavouring for chicken or turkey. The strong flavour of the leaves become much milder under prolonged cooking so to keep the flavour add the herb near the end of cooking. Chopped winter savory makes an excellent addition to Yorkshire pudding batters lifting the flavour of the dish. As a result it works wonderfully in toad-in-the-hole.
In modern times this herb is little used but for centuries it used to be a staple of many herb gardens. It was said to have antiseptic and digestive benefits. It has also been used as an expectorant and as a poultice for the treatment of bee stings or insect bites.
The truth is that it is so easy to grow and has a wonderful distinct flavour so there is no reason for you not to introduce it into your own garden.
Buy Winter Savory 'Purple' Online
Our potted Winter Savory 'Purple' herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September
|Satureja montana ssp. illyrica (Winter Savory 'Purple')Herb Plant|
|Aspect/Site||Full sun/Partial shade|
|Soil Type||Light Well Drained soil|
|Latin Name||Satureja montana ssp. illyrica|
|Hardiness||RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter|
|Type of Garden||Container/Patio|