Thyme is a highly aromatic herb which grows especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions. A Mediterranean herb, thyme holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other flavors of the region, like garlic, olive oil and tomatoes. Thyme is a low growing, woody perennial.
It is extremely fragrant and flavorful and grows well in tough, dry conditions. The pink, lavender or white tubular flowers are very popular with bees. Tiny gray-green leaves remain evergreen. There are about 350 different species.
|Common Name ||Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris |
Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, Rubbed Thyme
|Height ||0.25 to 0.25 feet|
|Bloom Time ||June to July|
|Difficulty Level ||easy to grow|
Planting and care
- Plant the seeds/cuttings 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost in well-drained soil about 9 inches apart
- It s hard to grow thyme from seeds because of slow, uneven germination
For a head start, plant the seeds/cuttings indoors 6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost
|Sunlight ||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Watering ||Dry to medium|
|Soil ||well-drained soil|
|Temperature ||70°F |
|Fertilizer ||Apply any organic fertilizer|
|Harvest Season ||6 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost.|
Thyme special feature
Best as a small area ground cover or filler between stepping stones. Will sprawl over small rocks or cascade over ledges in the rock garden. Fills in crevices. Effective for sunny areas of borders, patios and along paths. Bank cover. Edging. Lawn substitute. Containers.
- Thymol, an antiseptic, is the main active ingredient in various commercially produced mouthwashes such as Listerine
- Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages
- Thymol has also been shown to be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails
A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis
One study by Leeds Metropolitan University found that thyme may be beneficial in treating acne
- Unverified information Thyme Java Tea aqueous extracts have found to be having anti-inflammatory and acetylcholine antagonistic action
- Leaf juice has been used by the tribes as a lotion
- Thyme is sold both fresh and dried
- The fresh form is more flavourful, but also less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week
- While summer-seasonal, fresh greenhouse thyme is often available year round
Fresh thyme is commonly sold in bunches of sprigs
- A sprig is a single stem snipped from the plant
- It is composed of a woody stem with paired leaf or flower clusters ("leaves") spaced 1/2 to 1" apart
- A recipe may measure thyme by the bunch (or fraction thereof), or by the sprig, or by the tablespoon or teaspoon
- Dried thyme is widely used in Armenia (called Urc) in teas
Frequently Asked Questions
How tall do thyme grow?
On average thyme grows 0.25 to 0.25 feet
How hard is thyme to grow?
How much sunlight does a thyme need?
A thyme prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade
How much water does a thyme need?
A thyme prefers watering Dry to medium
What kind of soil does a thyme need?
What temperature does a thyme like?
How should I fertilize my thyme?
Apply any organic fertilizer
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