Thymus Vulgaris  Family  Lamiaceae

Thyme is grown mainly in eastern and southern Europe and in North Africa and the U.S.. The name comes from the Greek <<θύμον >> (anger) associated with the word  <<πνεύμα>> spirit, originally meant smoke from the Latin “fumus” ( tobacco) – hence the parfume- and the verb <<θύειν >>, (“thyein”, cure , smoke , offer sacrifice with incense ) . References are apparently due to the strong , smoky scent of thyme .

The common thyme is an evergreen shrub 15-30 cm with long stems and elliptical leaf length 5-16 mm.