Thyme Details


  • Botanical Name: Thymus sp.
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Border - Edge, Container, Deer Resistant, Fragrance, Rock Garden
  • Ornamental Value: Pink, Purple
  • Native/Adapted: Adapted
  • Wildlife Value: Butterflies, Bees
  • Season: Summer
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Plant Form: Upright and Spreading
  • Plant Spread: 0.5' - 1.5'
  • Plant Height: 0.5' - 1.5'


Thyme dislikes wet soils. However, when it is still establishing, don't let its soil go bone-dry. Very drought tolerant. More than 300 varieties in cultivation. Some excellent choices: 'English' - a low grower and best for cooking; 'Lemon' - upright with a citrus flavor; 'Wooly' - a prostrate grower with a gray color; and 'Elfin' and 'Pink Chintz' - creeping with tiny pink flowers.

Perennial Care Guide

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