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Georgia Savory

Clinopodium georgianum

Georgia Savory is a low-growing native evergreen shrub with leaves that release a lovely minty fragrance when touched. Small pinkish lavender flowers bloom in late summer. Hardy in zones 7 through 9.

 

Georgia Savory (Clinopodium georgianum) flowering in late summer

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • 1 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide
  • How to Grow

  • Well drained soil
  • Sun to part shade – at least 6 hours of direct sun for ideal flowering
  • After flowering, cut plants back by half for a neater appearance

    Where to plant

  • At the front of flower beds
  • Along paths and around the patio
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Bees, especially bumble bees and butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • In our garden Georgia Savory has proven to be very resistant to deer browsing. However, if deer pressure is high or food is scarce, damage may occur.

    Native habitat and range

  • Long leaf pine sandhills
  • Coastal Plain, from southern North Carolina, where it is rare, to Florida
  • Source and origin

    Original source was from cuttings collected from plants growing in a sandhill habitat in Pender County, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this population has disappeared due to the local utility company's herbicide spraying program.

    Comments

    Georgia Savory has had several names changes, and is sometimes listed under Satureja georgiana or Calamintha georgiana.

    Propagation

    Seed usually germinates in 2 to 3 weeks when the temperature climbs above 80°F (27°C)