Thyme (common, or ‘garden’ thyme) - Thymus vulgaris
This aromatic plant of the mint family, is an evergreen, hardy perennial that can be used in most months of the year, for culinary and medicinal purposes. Its aromatic quality is at its best when the plant is in flower, from May to October. The pink-mauve flowers attract many bees and hoverflies, essential for pollination of other plants in the garden. Thyme is a bushy plant that grows to around 130 – 200cm in height. It is a truly Mediterranean herb and can withstand extended periods of drought.
The name Thyme comes from the Greek word thymon, meaning courage. Thyme was the first herb listed in the Holy Herb Charm, of Mediaeval origin.