A small shrubby sometimes prostate hardy perennial plant, native to south eastern Europe. The herb is widely used for flavoring foods, and the volatile oil obtained from the herb by steamed distillation is use for medicinal purposes.
Thymus Vulgaris prefers a mild climate and a mellow upland soil but will persist to a marked degree on poor dry soils. Thyme will grow in the USDA hardiness zone of 5 – 9 and is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. Which makes a great ground cover for landscaping.
It may be propagated from seed or cutting. Thyme herb is harvested when the plant is in bloom.
Cut with hand shears so that several inches of the tender stems are included.
Since thyme has the tendency to become woody, it is good practicve to renew the planting in two to three years.