Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 7 to 10
Evergreen woody subshrub to 18 inches tall, native to Greece. With outsize, lipped flowers of lavender and glossy, oil-rich leaves the plant is pretty on the dryland landscape, well-loved by bees. The dried leaf is a good condiment, similar to Zaatar. Traditional usage (TWM): Carminative, vermifuge. Plant prefers full sun and dry soils. Harvest leaves prior to flowering. Trim back in fall to 1 inch above previous year’s growth. Press seeds into surface and keep warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination. Thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.
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