Thymus vulgaris is the botanical name for a plant that is native to parts of Europe and Asia. It has various common names including Black Thyme, Common Thyme, English Thyme, French Thyme, German Thyme, Winter Thyme and Garden Thyme.
It grows to about eighteen inches and can also be grown in a pot indoors and kept handy for using fresh in cooking. Used as a seasoning, it is said to help in the digestion of fatty foods.
As a medicinal herb, it has historically been used for its antiseptic properties as a gargle, and in a tea as a cough remedy and digestive aid.
It is a perennial and survives in USDA zones 4 to 9. Each packet contains 0.1 gram of seeds.