Thymus vulgarisItem #6793 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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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.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:SpreadingAverage landscape size:Reaches 6 to 12 inches tall and wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Late spring to summerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy Flowers
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly. Do not overwater.
- History & LoreLore:Thyme 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.