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Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

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Ships April to May 2024
Item #:
Ships April to May 2024
Herbs & Edibles


Hardy evergreen, low growing herb
Description:  Bright purple to white flowers, borne in the leaf axils; cover the plant in late spring; aromatic foliage
Habit:  Spreading, mat-forming plant grows to 1 foot high and 3 feet or more wide
Culture:  Prefers full sun and well-drained garden loam
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 5 through 9
Attributes:  Attracts bees and butterflies, Fragrant foliage, Edible, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant
Jefferson Documented

Thyme has been grown in gardens since at least the time of the Assyrians, who recommended it for those suffering from nightmares or falling sickness.  It was cultivated in early American gardens and Thomas Jefferson included Thyme in a 1794 list of "Objects for the Garden".  In February 1820 his neighbor George Divers of Farmington sent Thyme to Jefferson, at his request.  Although it is thought of as a perennial, Garden Thyme is a dwarf shrub, most often used as a culinary herb.  Its flowers, borne in profusion, are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) arrives in a 4" pot.

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