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Greek Mountain Tea, South (Sideritis syriaca) potted plant, organic

(4 customer reviews)

$7.50

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 10

Woody perennial growing to 18 inches, native to Kriti, Lebanon-Syria and Turkey.  The plant is white leaved, as soft and downy as wooly lamb’s ears, and quite low-lying.  I always keep a lookout for new-to-me Mediterranean herbs, and frankly I believe this one to be one of the most significant ones since … rosemary.  A comely plant, highly desired for those of us blessed with hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. A great-tasting tea herb with salubrious medicinal applications.  The tea of dried flowering tops is used for treating colds and restless insomnia. Plant prefers full sun and very fast draining soil, being drought tolerant once established.  Space plants 18 inches apart.

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  1. Question

    Sam

    When are you shipping live plants?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sam,
      Early orders have already been set up to ship mid september. if you were to order now we would ship in late september. if you wait a week to order we would send your plants in early october. that is why we recommend early ordering if an early delivery is desired. we don’t ship plants in August. it is too hot. richo

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    Maria

    Do you know if this is the same plant as Albanian Mountain Tea?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Maria, Some people do call this Albanian mountain tea, but it actually grows in Greece. Richo

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    • Latsaras Mary Ann (verified owner)

      Will this plant survive winters in zone 5? Can I pot it and bring it inside during the winter?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello! this plant is listed zone 7 to 10, you’re significantly too cold for overwintering it. they grow fast and can be grown just like an annual, or left in a pot and brought in for the winter. richo

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  3. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Julie Preston

    Love my new Greek Mountain tea plants!

    Julie Preston (verified owner)

    Received plants in good health and well packaged. I kept them in the green house a couple of weeks before moving them out to their forever home. Revamped the moon garden. Hoping someday they will catch up with the other old growth in a couple of years.

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    • VJennings

      Love the moon garden! Beautiful!!

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    • Denise Marshall

      Good morning could I ask where you purchased the plants from please as I’m interested in purchasing some myself

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Denise,
      We are certified organic growers of medicinal herb plants, we grow our own, you can get them here.
      Richo

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    • Shivani Saunders

      Hello Richo, I agree Sideritis (how do you pronounce that anyway? Ha) is a lovely plant and is also doing well of my Zone 10b in SF Bay Area due to very warm summers yet moisture from the Bay in Winter. Great call on that. I am wondering what is the right way to harvest this plant; more specifically, where do I make the pruner cuts? I have attemptted to get this info online, however there is scant into on it that I have been able to find. THANK YOU.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Cut back the older leaves and young flowering tops before they break into flower, dry on screens and rub thoroughly before using for herbal tea in the usual manner. if plant has already gone into flower, let it mature, enjoy the flowers, then deadhead and allow to regrow, then harvest the new growth for tea purposes.

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    heidyadams (verified owner)

    I’m so excited for my Greek Mountain Tea Plants! My friends brought back some dried tea from Greece where they drank it daily and I fell in love with the beautiful tea immediately. Its aroma is pleasant and its effect gentle, comfortaring, and relaxing, something like chamomile only better tasting in my opinion. My plants arrived in excellent condition; still moist, perky and with bodacious roots. Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Heidi,
      Bodacious roots, that’s a good one!
      Richo

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    • Lew

      If you live in zone 6 can these be grown in large pots and brought in for the winter?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Lew, Yes, these are a very good container or windowbox plant. Speaking of windowbox, if they are kept under the eaves of the house they will probably overwinter fine in a Z 6. Richo

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    • Maria Westmoreland (verified owner)

      My zone is 8a southeastern NC, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, rainy, humid, I can protected from the rain in a sunny porch, what did you advise? I wanted to grow that tea plant so bad…

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Maria,
      It really isn’t that different from growing wooly lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina), which you might already have experience with. The best cure for humidity is a full-sun position and really, truly, fast-draining soil. If you can get ahold of some cactus mix and dig a shallow hole and fill it with cactus mix and then plant the greek mountain tea in that, then your wishes will come true. richo

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    • nicolesthomas111

      I just got my Tasty Tea collection, and I live in zone 10A – east coast florida. I have been watering my Marshmallow planting spot a few times a day for a few days, and it seems ready for planting. I will get some cactus mix for planting the Greek Mountain Tea. Any helpful comments for my zone and growing the Tasty Tea seed packets is much appreciated.

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Here’s what’s in tasty tea: Basil, Kivumbasi Lime; Greek Mountain Tea; Chamomile, German; Lemon Balm; Marshmallow; Nettles; Tulsi–Temperate, all organic. For instance, the kivumbasi lime comes from a zone 10 east africa. and the temperate tulsi should give you quick results. these are easy–just barely cover the seeds with soil and tamp and keep moist until they germinate, then thin them out. plant the whole packet and make sure you keep three of eash type. its easy that way. richo

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