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Thymus vulgaris

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris

Common Name(s): Thyme

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Description:

A woody, low-growing plant with stiff stems covered in strongly aromatic, small, oval greygreen leaves. It has small clusters of lilac flowers.

Family: Lamiaceae

Synonym: Thymus argenteus

Botanical Pronunciation: TYE-mus vul-GAIR-iss.

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Frost Sensitive
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Flowers

Description:
It has small clusters of lilac flowers.


Foliage

Description:
A woody, low-growing plant with stiff stems covered in strongly aromatic, small, oval greygreen leaves.


Interesting Info

There are about 150 varieties of thyme and it has amazing antibacterial, and antiseptic qualities.

Will grow in full sun or semi-shade, indoors and out.

Interesting Planting Ideas

Ideal for pots in full sun.

Thyme planted along pathways and around vegetable gardens, keeps out insects.

Companions - brinjals, cabbages, green peppers, melons, squashes and tomatoes.

Origin

Mediterranean region.

Propagation

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings, rooted side shoots or seeds.

Size

250mm *

Uses

A popular culinary herb, used in stews for its strong delicious flavour.

Thymol oil, can be used to chase fleas, flies, mosquitoes and ants.

It is also used for perfumes and medicines.

Uses in landscape design

An easy to grow perennial, thyme forms a good ground cover and path edging in the vegetable, and herb garden.

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