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Satureja thymbra – Pink savory – bears flowers that are pink in color

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Satureja thymbra which is also known as Pink Savory is a member of Satureja genus. It is a winter savory that belongs to the Labiatae family. It can grow up to a height of 30-40 cm and is a perennial. It bears flowers that are pink in color that bloom from early May to mid June. The flowers are hermaphrodite in nature. The fruit is schizocarp.
It is a culinary herb and has tones of oregano and thyme. It is used in many recipes as a seasoning for breads, pulses and vegetables and has a spicy pungent flavor and similar to thyme. It is used as an ornamental and a border plant. The leaves and young shoots are also used for tea.
Medicinally, it acts as an anti bacterial, anti infectious and anti fungal, warming (stimulating circulation) and its oil acts on hyperthermia, hypertension, Immuno stimulant, Invigorating, aphrodisiac, tonic for the reproductive system.
It grows well in Mediterranean basin and in low altitudes and higher altitudes too but the former are softer than the latter.
It grows in hardy zones 7-11 and in warm and dry location. It needs full sun. It needs light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and acid, neutral and basic alkaline soils. It prefers moist soils.

Growing Conditions of Satureja thymbra:

• These plants needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil.
• It needs hardy zones of 7-11.
• The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
• This plant needs dry to moist soil.
• Seed – surface sow in April in a greenhouse.
• Do not allow the compost to dry out.
• Germination can be slow but usually takes place within a month.
• Transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they are large.

Caring for Satureja thymbra:
• Proper watering is required to avoid drying of soil.
• If grown indoors, six hours of sunlight is a must for the plant.
• Water only when the soil gets dried out, instead of watering regularly.
• Keep them safe from the freezing temperatures.
• Pinch of the tips of the young plant to ensure bushiness.
• The wood that is dead of the plant should be removed for new growth.
• Dividing plants every three years encourages new growth and vigor.
• Divide the plant in spring or in autumn.
• If stem cuttings are done for propagation, the best time is spring.

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