Thyme ( / t aɪ m / ) is any member of the genus Thymus of aromatic perennial evergreen herbs in the mint family Lamiaceae . Thymes are relatives of the oregano genus Origanum . They have culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses, the species most commonly cultivated and used for culinary purposes being Thymus vulgaris .
Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris) is a low-growing, woody perennial . It is a highly aromatic Mediterranean herb that performs especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions. It holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other flavors of its native region, such as garlic , olive oil, and tomatoes.