Thyme English (Common)

Thymus (Thyme) TY-muss

English (Common): English Thyme is a must-have perennial herb for gardens and containers! The plant forms an eye-catching carpet of very fragrant, strong flavored leaves. Plant in pots and place on patios and decks or bring indoors and grow on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Snip the leaves and use them to flavor soft cheeses, soups, stews, stuffing, poultry, fish, dressings, sauces and even honey. Both dried leaves and flowers are excellent subjects for potpourri, sachets, wreaths and floral arrangements.

Full to Part Sun

Height: 6-12″/Spread: 12-16″

Foliage

Size Available: 1201 Edible

Description

Thymus (Thyme) TY-muss

The genus, Thymus, is a member of the Lamiaceae or Mint family and has about 350 different species of perennial herbaceous plants and evergreen shrubs. The species has various sizes and growth habits. Thyme has been cultivated for centuries as an ornamental or for culinary use. They are native to Greenland, the temperate and subtropical areas of Euroasia and Northeast Tropical Africa.

Common Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is often used in cooking to flavor soups, stews, sauces and meats. Different species have a variety of flavors and fragrances that include caraway, lemon, nutmeg, orange and oregano. Some species, such as Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum), are used primarily as groundcovers. Other species, such as Wooly Thyme (Thymus praecox), may be used as lawn substitutes. The essential oils of the thyme leaves have been used to make perfumes, antiseptics, expectorants and deodorants.