English Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

This low growing perennial, native to the Mediterranean, has dark gray-green aromatic leaves. Pale pink flowers bloom at the tips of the stems in summer. Makes an attractive edging in perennial borders or cultivated as a savory culinary herb.
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Full sun

Water regularly. Do not overwater.

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LoreThyme was grown in monastery gardens in southern France, Spain and Italy during the Middle Ages for use as a cough remedy, digestive aid and treatment for intestinal parasites. In medieval times the plant symbolized courage, and to keep up their spirits, knights departing for the Crusades received scarves embroidered with a sprig of thyme from their ladies.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 6 to 12 inches tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitSpreading
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Rock Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater regularly. Do not overwater.

Thrives in average to lean, fast-draining soil. Clip spent flowers after bloom. In colder regions, protect plants in winter by mulching heavily. Once established, shear periodically to promote dense new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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