Thyme, Lavender

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Thyme, 'Lavender"

Thymus thracicus

Lamiaceae

Exact origin is obscure, but believed to be from the Mediterranean area and Eurasian

Dry-medium (mesic - like rosemary)

Full sun; Part shade to afternoon shade

Relatively poor/ infertile soil; well-drained

6-12"

18"

12-15"

Price

4" Pots:  $2.20

6" Pots:  $3.50

Clay pots and planters:

Prices Vary

Description

A low growing creeping thyme with tiny gray-green leaves on woody stems.  Flowers are pale pink to lavender.  This thyme has a scent similar to lavender when bruised.

Keeping it Going

  • Plant in a sunny and dry location (water to establish)

  • Pruning encourages new growth, creates bushier plants, and prevents stems from becoming too woody

  • Thyme prefers poor to infertile soil.  Over fertilization burns its roots

  • In winter, water less frequently, mulch to protect from cold winds and cooler temperatures.

Won't Tolerate

  • Excessive moisture (susceptible to fungal disease)

  • Over fertilization (will burn roots)

History

&

Points of Interest

  • Thyme is named after the Greek word, "thymon," meaning courage.

  • It was believed by ancient people that one of the finest honeys was made from thyme; therefore, it was often planted close to beehives.  Thyme, with a bee hovering close by, became a common motif in embroidery. 

  • There are over 350 species of thyme with many hybrids and cultivars.

  • Thyme, 'Lavender,' is a low growing, creeping thyme which can be used as ground cover between stepping stones.  It can withstand light foot traffic and will emit a scent similar to lavender when brushed against or  bruised.    

  • Uses:  Medicinal and Culinary 

  • Medicinal:  Antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal

  • Note:  Thyme taken in medicinal doses is a uterine stimulant.  Do not take while pregnant.  Always consult a physician before using home remedies. 

  • Culinary: Popular for marinades, soups, stews, meat dishes and casseroles

  • Attracts butterflies and pollinators

  • Deer and rabbit resistant

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