Lemon Thyme

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Thyme, 'Lemon"

Thymus citriodorus

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

 

10-12"

12"

12-15"

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Price

4" pots:  $2.20

 

6" pots:  $3.50

 

1 Gallon Root Pouch:  $5.00

 

Clay pots and planters:  Prices vary

Description

Lemon Thyme is a tall hybrid with bright green leaves.  Its lemon scent makes it a favorite in the kitchen.  It produces pale, pinkish flowers in late Spring.  

Will Tolerate &

Keeping in 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

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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.

  • Uses:  Medicinal and Culinary 

  • Medicinal:  Antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal

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

  • Attracts butterflies and pollinators

  • Deer and rabbit resistant

 

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