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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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

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