Lemon thyme is a hybrid thyme (T. vulgaris x T. pulegioides) that is primarily grown as a culinary herb for its rich, lemon-scented leaves. Leaves are frequently used fresh or dried as a seasoning in a variety of culinary applications including salads, soups, stews, sauces, and meat or fish dishes. Whorls of tiny, tubular, pale lilac flowers appear on the stem ends in early summer. Flowers are attractive to bees. Cold hardy in USDA zone 5-8.