Thymus vulgaris (common names include common thyme, German thyme, garden thyme or just thyme) is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae.

Growing to 15–30 cm tall by 40 cm wide, it is a bushy, woody-based evergreen sub-shrub with small, highly aromatic, grey-green leaves and clusters of purple or pink flowers in early summer.

It is native to southern Europe from the western Mediterranean to southern Italy.

It has both culinary and medicinal uses, and the history of thyme as being in use as both a seasoning and a medicinal herb for goes back more than 3000 years.

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