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PlantFiles: Mother of Thyme, Broad-leaved Thyme, Large Thyme, Golden Lemon Thyme
Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: pulegioides (pul-eg-ee-OY-dees) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureus

Synonym:Thymus citriodorus

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Clary On Mar 30, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was a beautiful plant (tasty, too) while it lasted... It died back severely over the winter so I removed it. I would use it again in my garden, but as an annual. The color and texture are lovely.

Positive renatelynne On Jul 25, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

grows easy without much care.

Positive Gabrielle On Jun 20, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite Thymes; very attractive foliage and lemon scented!

Also called Gold-Edged Thyme and Golden Lemon Thyme. I believe that another botanical name for it is Thymus vulgaris aureus. My information says that it is hardy in zones 5-9.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Emmett, Idaho
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Boerne, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Olympia, Washington

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