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English Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Color Name: English Thyme

This creeping aromatic plant is perfect for rock gardens and walkways. Although it's by no means a rampaging plant, thyme is very easy to grow. Wherever it touches the ground, if conditions are right, it will make a new plant. Thyme has excellent cooking value and is a favorite seasoning. 

Thyme is a semi-woody subshrub with aromatic, linear to oval, slightly tomentose (fuzzy), gray-green leaves that are about a half inch long. Like most mints, the stem is square in cross section and the leaves are arranged in pairs opposite each other. Thyme grows in a bushy, many-branched, spreading mound 6-12 in (15-30 cm) high and up to twice as wide. In summer, thyme produces tiny lilac to purple flowers arranged in dense, compact heads.

Thyme does very well in a pot, where it is allowed to cascade over the sides. It's a natural for rock gardens and belongs in every herb garden. Use low-growing thyme as an edging around flower beds and walkways. Bees love the blossoms.

In the kitchen, thyme is used to season fish, poultry, soups and vegetables. Thyme, parsley and bay leaf are the standard ingredients in the French chef's boquet garni. Thyme is one of the flavorings in the liqueur, Benedictine.

Thyme and thyme oil have been used as fumigants, antiseptics, disinfectants, and mouth washes. The main essential oil in thyme, thymol, is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. Thymol is one of the active ingredients in Listerine® mouthwash and provides the "medicated" properties of many consumer products. Thyme is said to aid digestion of fatty foods.

Flower Color: Lavender shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 2-3 Inches / Spread: 8-12 Inches

Hardy in Zone:9
Blooms:Late Spring / Early Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Fragrant
Fragrant
Ground Cover
Ground Cover
  • Border
  • Mass Plant
  • Stepable
  • Landscapes
Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer
Rabbit
Rabbit