Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis syriaca), packet of 20 seeds
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 7 to 10
(Sideritis scardica) ) Woody perennial growing to 18 inches, native to the mountains surrounding the Mediterranean sea, especially the Peloponnese. A comely plant, highly desired for those of us blessed with hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. Tea of dried flowering tops is sweetish and pleasant. Traditional usage (TWM): colds and restless insomnia. Plant prefers full sun and very fast draining soil of raised bed or rockery, needing water to establish but drought tolerant once established. Plant prefers full sun. In the spring or anytime in warm soils, scarify seed on medium grit sandpaper, then sow in pots or flats. Barely cover, tamp well and keep warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination, which occurs in about 10 days. Individuate seedlings to gallon pots and grow until sufficiently sized to transplant successfully to garden or landscape. Space plants 18 inches apart.
20 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown