Genus: Thymus

Species: vulgarus

Family: Labiatae

Growing Organic Thyme is easy if you can give it the right conditions. A tough perennial, some creeping varieties can even be put between stones in a walkway.

A natural in the rock garden, it would rather be too dry than too wet. Thyme will over-winter over in most places in the country, or over-summer in the case of Florida.

In the Landscape

Usually reaching between 6 inches to 24 inches in height, thyme is very useful in the ornamental garden as a filler or border plant. Each plant is a mass of tiny little bright to dark green leaves born on multiple woody stems.

If your climate is conducive to thyme, your plants could spread to make a thick ground cover.

If left to flower, varieties have delicate white to lavender to red. When planted in mass, the flower display is quite profuse. Blooms from spring to midsummer, depending on variety and sunlight.

In the Kitchen

Thyme is one of the oldest culinary herbs. It was used by the Chinese 5,000 years ago.

The leaves are used fresh or dried May be used for a pungent, spicy, woodsy flavor added to meats, seafood, and veggies.

A classic addition in seasoned stuffing and Yankee Pot Roast. Also, thyme is a regular in Herbs d’ Province and Cajun Blackening Seasoning.

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