There are two kinds of Savory - the Summer Savory (Satureia hortensis), an annual; and the Winter Savory (S. montana), a low-growing spreading perennial, both natives of South Europe, and belonging to the Labiate family. The Summer Savory is a fragrant plant, 6 to 9 in. high, and its narrow leaves and young shoots are used for flavouring boiled beans, soups, etc. It is raised from seeds sown in the open in drills 1 ft. apart, the seedlings being thinned out to 6 or 9 in. When the buds of the pale lilac or whitish flowers appear, the stems are cut off and hung up to dry for future use.

The Winter Savory also has narrow, sharply-pointed leaves, and pale-purple, pinkish, or white flowers. It is practically hardy in the milder parts of the kingdom, and if the tops are cut down every spring, there will be a good crop of young shoots for cutting. Increase of stock is secured by means, of seeds, cuttings, and slips.