Sideritis syriaca - A traditional tea plant from Greece. The spreading habit of this perennial ground cover thrives in hot and rocky hillsides, but it is not invasive. Dense mats of oval soft grey/green leaves form multi–stems of short flowers in mid- summer, that are pale coloured and papery dry. These flowers and leaves are used for tea. The whole plant has a refreshing scent which really comes to life, once the plant is dried and placed in storage. Also used medicinally to treat colds, congestion and to relieve asthma symptoms. Plant in flats in early spring, keep evenly moist but not soggy.