Mountain tea is a native plant in the Mediterranean. It grows in rocky regions and usually in heights. The genus of sideritis comprises more than 150 species. In Greece we can find about 17 species of this plant.
The herb has been known since the ancient times and Hippocrates, Theofrastus and Dioscorides have referred to sideritis in their writings. There are many versions for the origin of the scientific name of the plant. One of these implies the iron content of this herb (sidiros in greek means iron).