This aromatic, half-hardy annual herb is best in mass plantings where its small, lilac-pink flowers are most effective. As an ornamental, the bronze-purple fall foliage is also attractive. Preferred as an oregano-like seasoning over Winter Savory because it is less pungent. It is an annual, but otherwise is similar in use and flavor to the perennial winter savory. It is used more often than winter savory, as winter savory is thought to have a slightly more bitter flavor. This herb has lilac tubular flowers. It grows to around 30 to 60 cm (0.98 to 2.0 ft) in height and has very slender, bronze-green leaves. Summer savory is a characteristic ingredient of herbes de Provence, a fairly standard mixture of dried herbs sold in most French food stores. It is also widely used as a seasoning for grilled meats and barbecues, as well as in stews and sauces.