Thymus capitatus is one the most common and popular herb in the Cyclades and the islands of the Aegean in general. Given its culinary and medicinal uses, as well as being a favorite of honey bees is also considered as an important one. This particular species of thyme blooms in summer, covering the mountains with its unique mauve-purple flowers. Low transpiration rate and its shape make it a highly drought resistant plant. The exquisite flavour of thymus capitatus comes from the leaves. Quality Thymus capitatus' flowers are very popular for their strong and distinctive aroma and are used in cooking and in drinks. Separating the leaves from the stems is a demanding hand work, but not as much as the process of harvesting and separating the flower, while keeping it intact.