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Lemon-scented Thyme (Thymus x citriodorus)

$10.00
Item #:
800661
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Item #:
800661
Availability:
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Description

Description:  Hardy, perennial kitchen garden herb with pale lavender-pink flowers in spring and medium green, lemon-scented foliage
Habit:  Bushy, rounded shrub to 12 inches high and 10 to 12 inches wide
Culture:  Prefers well-drained garden loam and full sun
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 6 through 9

This highly aromatic herb of garden origin was being cultivated in Europe and America by 1820.  Fearing Burr wrote in Field and Garden Vegetables of America, 1863, that "the Lemon Thyme is used for flavoring of various dishes, and by some is preferred to the Broad-leaved [thyme]."  Thomas Jefferson grew the common Garden Thyme at Monticello and mentioned it in his Garden Book and in letters from 1794 until 1820.  According to Mary Randolph in The Virginia Housewife (1824) thyme was often steeped in vinegar or brandy to be used in cooking "during the season when it cannot be obtained in a fresh state."  The flowers attract bees and other insects and are a desirable addition to the kitchen garden and the perennial border alike.zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

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