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Satureja viminea – Serpentine Savory – also known as Jamaican Mint tree




Images of the plant can be found on this link.

Satureja Viminea which is also known as the Serpentine Savory is a perennial shrub and is a native of US. This shrub belongs to the Family- Lamiaceae / Labiatae with its origin is Costa Rica. It is also known as Jamaican Mint tree. It can grow up to a height of 6-7 feet.
This shrub is a minty savory which has foliage that is small, oval (that is, 1/2 to 1/4 inch), glossy and lime green in color. The foliage has the scent of peppermint. It is frost sensitive and good with sunlight. The leaves are mint scented and the scent is pure and intense. It is used in bath gels. The stems are woody and bushy in shape. The flowers are white and faint pinkish. Their lower lobe is twice as others.
The flowers are hermaphrodite in nature. The fruit is schizocarp. They attract larva of Lepidoptera that is butterflies and moths. Coleophora bifrondella moth and caterpillars feed on these plants especially on Winter savories. They can be used as ornamental plants and as border plants.
The leaves are either used dried or not dried in Italian cuisine and in mostly cooking beans. Fricot is one traditional stew which uses this seasoning as a must. The other dishes that use this herb are Sarmale, Yerba Buena etc. Yerba Buena is an herbal tea. It is used as a Diaphoretic and a febrifuge.
These plants needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil. It needs a hardy zone of 5. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and needs dry to moist soil.

Growing conditions of Satureja viminea:
• These plants needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil. It needs a hardy zone of 5.
• The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
• This plant needs dry to moist soil.

As a perennial,
• Sow the savory outdoors every four weeks.
• The seeds should be sown on the soil surface just after the last frost.
• Sow the seeds on the surface at the end of the spring.
• They need to be spaced at about 15cm apart.

Caring for Satureja viminea:
• Proper watering is required to avoid drying of soil.
• If grown indoors, six hours of sunlight is a must for the plant.
• These shrubs are frost sensitive so take care from frost.
• Water only when the soil gets dried out, instead of watering regularly.
• Pinch the tips of the young plant to ensure bushiness.
• Deadwood on 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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