Thymus vulgaris (common thyme, German thyme,<ref name=BonniePlantsThyme>Template:Cite web</ref> garden thyme<ref>Template:PLANTS</ref> or just thyme) is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to southern Europe from the western Mediterranean to southern Italy. Growing to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide, it is a bushy, woody-based evergreen subshrub with small, highly aromatic, grey-green leaves and clusters of purple or pink flowers in early summer.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref>
It is useful in the garden as groundcover, where it can be short-lived, but is easily propagated from cuttings.<ref name=RHSAZ /> It is also the main source of thyme as an ingredient in cooking and as an herbal medicine. It is slightly spicier than oregano and sweeter than sage.
Numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed for ornamental purposes. Nomenclature can be very confusing.<ref>Totally Thyme</ref> French, German and English varieties vary by leaf shape and colour and essential oils.<ref>Herbs 2000: Thymus vulgaris</ref> The many cultivars include 'Argenteus' (silver thyme).<ref>Thymus argenteus</ref>
- L. H. Bailey; Manual of Cultivated Plants.
- M. Easter; International Thymus Register and Checklist.