Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis scardica)

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Greek Mountain Tea, also known as Ironwort, Mountain Tea, or Shepherd's Tea, is a perennial evergreen herb or small shrub well known for it's fuzzy succulent foliage, fragrant orange bell-shaped flowers, and medicinal properties.  It grows abundantly in Mediterranean regions and is native to Greece.  Prepared as a tea (dried flowers, leaves, stems), it may aid in digestion, strengthen the immune system and suppress colds, sinus congestion, even pain and mild anxiety.

Plant Type
Perennial or Annual Herb

Harvest Season
Summer when in full bloom. Usually dried before usage.

Mature Size
 Up to 36 in.

Soil & Moisture
Light, sandy, and medium well-draining soils. High and dry.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 8-11with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


How to Grow Greek Mountain Tea

Plant Type: Perennial or Annual Herb

Harvest Season: Summer when in full bloom. Usually dried before usage.

Mature Size: 24-36 in.

Soil & Moisture: Light, sandy, and medium well-draining soils. High and dry. 

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade

Zone Hardiness: 8-11