Savory: Winter

savory herb
Illinois Extension photo: Herb Gardening | Winter Savory

Winter savory grows to about two feet tall and has shiny, dark green foliage.  It is much stiffer in form and texture than summer savory and its flavor is much more pungent.  It can be semi-evergreen in some zones.


Winter savory prefers a full sun location.  It must have a well-drained soil.  If planted in a poorly drained area it is likely to rot over the winter.  It can be grown from seed or cuttings.  As winter savory gets older, it becomes woody.  Keep the woody stems pruned out to encourage vigorous growth of young stems.


Young shoots and leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season.  Dry and store leaves in closed containers.


Used with poultry and meat dishes.  Especially good with bean dishes.