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A small, woody sub-shrub, thyme has aromatic leaves and whorls of pink flowers in early summer. It is popularly used as an edging and between stones in walkways. It is also an excellent culinary herb.

Latin Name

Thymus vulgaris



Type of Plant

Herbs Herbs
Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

May - July


Summer Summer
Fall Fall
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 1'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Edible
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Air Pollution
  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    Brother Lung of the Moravian settlement of Bethabara had thyme planted in his upland garden in 1759.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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