Greek Mountain Tea

Sideritis sp.

Greek mountain tea has a history of medicinal use as a general tonic and curative in the highlands of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is reported to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties. Its stems, leaves, and flowers can be made into a tea to improve digestion, support the immune system, and are said to reduce the symptoms of coughs, colds, flu and stomachaches. Sweet but unassuming, Sideritis asks you to come close to peer at the edible, dainty yellow flowers dotting its inflorescence.

Water: Moderate to Dry, do not overwater

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Short, up to 1.5' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Well-draining, even rocky soil

Origin: The genus is native to the Mediterranean highlands, including the Iberian Peninsula, the Balkans and Turkey, extending into Central Eurasia

Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower

Greek Mountain Tea