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THYMUS x citriodorus 'Silver King'

Image of Thymus x citriodorus 'Silver King'

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

THYMUS x citriodorus 'Silver King'

Plant Common Name

Lemon Thyme

General Description

Talk about a great culinary thyme! Bearing medium-green leaves that are more generously edged and splashed with cream than are those of 'Silver Queen', this cultivar of lemon thyme is an attractive and wonderfully flavorful perennial herb with a low, spreading, bushy habit. From early to midsummer 'Silver King' bears many small, condensed spikes of pale lilac flowers. Its tiny oval evergreen leaves smell of citrus and thyme when bruised. These can be harvested throughout the season and combine well with fish, poultry, and vegetables.

Thyme does well with heat and drought and grows best in full sun and well drained, infertile, neutral to alkaline soil. Prune back leggy stems in early spring, and deadhead to prevent self-sowing and promote bushiness. It works well in formal herb gardens, rock gardens, patios, and cottage gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Herb

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Edible, Groundcover, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes