This perennial is native to the Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, and Iran, and is a classic tea herb. The plant prefers shade to part sun and is not picky about soil type. This light-dependent germinator requires a slight scarification, and prefers to be sown outdoors in the fall or early spring. Barely cover the seeds with soil, tamp securely, and keep evenly moist. Germination can take anywhere from 10-40 days. Transplant out to garden leaving one or two feet of space between plants.