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THYMUS x citriodorus
Talk about a great culinary thyme! Lemon thyme is an attractive, wonderfully flavorful perennial herb with a low, spreading, bushy habit. From early to midsummer it bears many small, rounded clusters of pale lilac flowers that become thronged by bees. Its tiny, oval, evergreen leaves are dark green and smell of citrus and thyme when bruised. These can be harvested throughout the season and combine well with fish, poultry, and vegetables. It is a cross between the European species Thymus pulegioides and T. vulgaris.
Thyme grows best in full sun and well-drained neutral to alkaline soil with average fertility. Established plants are quite heat and drought tolerant. Prune back dead stems in spring. Moist winter soils can cause root and stem rot, so be sure this herb is given excellent drainage.
Lemon thyme is a versatile herb because it's attractive as well as functional. There are several variegated cultivars, which are most desirable for formal or perennial garden plantings. Plant it in herb or rock gardens and containers. It is also ideal for garden borders or edges.
9 - 6
5 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edging, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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