Thyme is a widely used culinary herb. There are several varieties, but the most popular is common thyme. It is a short perennial, growing 48 inches tall with stiff woody stems and small gray-green leaves. In summer, fragrant, lilac-pink flowers appear in clusters, which attract many bees.
For best results, plant thyme in full sun in loose and well-drained soil. Thyme becomes woody and often needs to be replaced every 34 years. Upper stems may be damaged over the winter and should be pruned back to new growth in spring.
During full bloom, cut 56 inch stems and allow them to air dry. You may harvest more than once in a growing season. After leaves are thoroughly dry and brittle, remove them from the stem and store in an airtight container. Thyme is often mixed with other herbs.