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PlantFiles: Silver Thyme
Thymus 'Argenteus'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Cultivar: Argenteus
Additional cultivar information: (aka Argentea)

Synonym:Thymus vulgaris

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive seedpicker_TX On Jul 4, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

'Argenteus' is a hybrid between T. vulgaris and T. pulegioides - it has a citrus scent and silver leaves.

Positive earthy13 On Jun 8, 2005, earthy13 from Roswell, GA wrote:

I have it planted in full sun in a spot that allows run-off on my property in the Atlanta area and it has thrived well. Beautiful appearance, wonderful smell, and makes stews delicious.

Positive smiln32 On May 17, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gorgeous foliage! Fantastic aroma!

Neutral lupinelover On Apr 26, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This variety is spectacular in fall with frost highlighting variegation in morning sun. This one also has a tendency to be deciduous, but not on a consistent basis for me.


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

Merced, California
Inverness, Florida
Roswell, Georgia
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Wichita, Kansas
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Abilene, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
Colville, Washington
White Center, Washington

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