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Thyme Thymus

Growing Thyme: Tips at a Glance

A Mediterranean herb, thyme prefers hot, sunny days and well-drained soil. Best varieties range from French thyme (for cooks) to woolly thyme (groundcover).

  • Type Herb, creeper
  • Lifespan Perennial, 3-4 years
  • USDA Zones 5-9
  • Light Full sun, some shade
  • Water Only when dry
  • Soil Well-draining
  • Prune Aggressively through season
  • Flowers White, pink, purple
  • Hates Humidity, wet feet

Thyme: A Field Guide

The Mediterranean herb thyme has many uses. In days past, thyme served as a symbol of fortitude and an embalmer in death. Today we relish this herb in chicken salad or infused in a good vinegar. But beware, only a select few varieties belong in the kitchen. Others should remain underfoot as a ground cover.

Thymus vulgaris—French or common thyme—is the most popular of the culinary cultivars. Others, each with its own scent, include: T. citriodorus (the very fragrant lemon thyme), T. herba-barona (creeping caraway thyme), and T. pulegioides (oregano-scented thyme). Beware: The popular woolly thyme is not a culinary herb. If your garden is a windowsill, place a pot facing south and enjoy.

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