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Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme


Description

Thyme is a low-growing, wiry-stemmed perennial that reaches about 6-10” in height. The stems are stiff and woody and leaves are small, oval, and gray-green in color. The lilac flowers are borne in small clusters and leaves are very aromatic.

Culture

This plant grows best in light, well-drained soil. Thin plants 8-12” apart. It is best to renew the plants every few years. Propagate with cuttings, divisions, or by direct seeding. Thyme is an attractive edging plant, can be planted between pavers, or a spreading plant among and over rocks.

Harvesting

Cut leafy tops and flower clusters when first blossoms open and dry.

Use

Thyme is widely used as a seasoning. Oil of thyme is used in medicines and perfumes. It goes well in gumbos, stews, clam chowder, poultry stuffing, and slow-cooking beef dishes. 

Bundle of thyme

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