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.
Seeds per Packet
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, Rubbed Thyme
0.25 to 0.25 feet
June to July
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
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Dry to medium
Apply any organic fertilizer
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