Creeping Winter Savory
Satureja montana 'Illyrica'
Creeping Winter Savory
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
A low growing speading variety that will cascade over container edges or garden walls; can be used as a groundcover but will die back in winter; a mildly flavored culinary herb
Creeping Winter Savory is a perennial herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant narrow green leaves can be harvested at any time in the season. The leaves have a savory taste and a pungent fragrance.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Creeping Winter Savory features subtle white flowers in mid summer. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
This is an herbaceous perennial herb with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Creeping Winter Savory is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Herb Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Creeping Winter Savory will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Creeping Winter Savory is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.