Common names: bean herb, summer savoury
Savoury is an annual plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean area and is widely cultivated elsewhere as a kitchen herb. Its branching root produces a bushy, hairy stem which grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet high, often taking on a purple hue as it matures. The opposite, small, oblong-linear leaves are sessile or nearly so and may have hairy margins. The pink or white, two-lipped flowers grow in whorl-like cymes from July to October. The entire plant is strongly aromatic.