THYME (Thymus vulgaris), also known as German or Winter Thyme, is one of the most versatile culinary herbs in your kitchen garden. It can be used for any meat, vegetable, or cheese, but is most popular in stews and certain mediterranean dishes. This is the classic English (T. serphyllum) variety. A woody perennial that grows 16-24" tall with a sprawling habit. Perenniel in zones 5-8 and will be much happier, and prettier, if you clip it periodically for your cooking. Bees LOVE this plant, so grow it for their sake and to attract these wonderful pollinators to your garden. Perennial. You will get one live plant in a 4" pot.
MEDICINAL USES: Folk lore said that thyme provided a home for garden fairies, so it was always included in cottage gardens for this reason. Used for centuries as a powerful expectorant. Brew the pounded leaves and serve as a tea or gargle for sore throats.
GROWING TIPS: Harden off for transplant to your garden. Prefers full sun, light well-drained soil. Keep it pinched back so it does not become spindly and also to use in your kitchen!