(Sideritis perfoliata)
Sideritis perfoliata


An erect perennial, with woody rootstock, which smells of poppies if bruised. Stems are tetragonal and clothed in long and short hairs. Leaves are lance-shaped and a crowded flower head of pale yellow flowers appears between May and July.


A rare plant encountered in the Troodos and Limassol areas amongst garigue or in vineyards on open chalk hillsides from 2,500 ft to 3,600 ft.

Uses and Properties

The plant has been used as a substitute for tea and is reputed to have tonic and anti-anaemic properties and also helps to induce perspiration.

NOTE: The generic name Origanum derives from Greek and means, "Joy of the Mountains", relating to its usual habitat.