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PlantFiles: English Thyme, Common Thyme
Thymus vulgaris

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)

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51 members have or want this plant for trade.

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative philipian On May 28, 2012, philipian from Miami, FL wrote:

I have tried repeatedly to grow this herb in south Miami, but no luck so far. Is there anybody out there who has grown this herb successfully and can give me some pointers.

Positive DMgardener On Jan 7, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is stunning in any Herb Garden! I have the pink one which complements the lilac flowers of my Garden Sage in the Late Spring/Early Summer. This plant is beautiful year-round. It is very attractive in the Winter with 2"-3" of snow on it so only the tops show. It is very evergreen, but darkens to a deeper green in Winter.

Positive melody On Apr 27, 2008, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hardy and quite vigorous here in west KY. Thrives with minimal care and loves regular pruning.

Pretty much kill-proof as long as it is planted in a sunny location that is well-drained.

Positive WUVIE On Apr 28, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I first discovered the wonders of this Thyme during
a visit to see my sister-in-law.

What began for her as a small grouping of a few
plants multiplied without her even knowing it.
Apparently she'd been snipping off sections of
her plants to keep them neat and tidy, tossing the
cuttings into a nearby heap of rocks. Those silly
things not only survived, but thrived in the heap.

A firm grip and yank, and they were sent home with me.
What a wonderful plant! It smells great, it is easy to
keep tidy, great for culinary use and so much more.

Indeed a plant I'll propagate all over the place now
that I know what a great plant it is.

Positive PurplePansies On Jun 11, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I think common thyme is a highly underrated plant (for the garden) we all know its uses (cooking) but besides doubling as a useful "kitchen" herb I think it look pretty in the garden.... flowers are fairly insifnificant (although bees etc. love them! which is nice....) but the plant is pretty with shiny dark green leaves that often persist/remain evergreen throughout the winter. The plant looks especially nice (when old) with shearing. It can spread quickly to form a dense carpet. It is low and great for edging. There are alot of fancier cultivars now but I still love this one. Add some to your garden you will not be dissapointed! :)

Positive docaly On Mar 21, 2004, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I like to use this plant as a fill-in between pavers along a walkway, planted 2 plants side-by-side. When brushed against, the plant releases its delightful fragrance. In design, I use it as a ground cover that can be walked around, since it bounces back, smells great and is very hardy. It's also wonderful in the herb garden whether you grow it for spice or just its color, form and fragrance!

Doesn't require much maintenance -- full sun, well-drained soil and works well on a microdrip watering schedule of 1ce (1gph) per week.

I live in Zone 9 and have had good experience with thyme! I love it and highly recommend it since it doesn't become unruly while maturing.

Positive lupinelover On Aug 31, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Fragrant and delicious. Extremely easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona
Lawndale, California
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Merced, California
San Diego, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Benton, Kentucky
Franklin, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Bayville, New Jersey
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
West Islip, New York
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Milford, Pennsylvania
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Walnutport, Pennsylvania
West Warwick, Rhode Island
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
American Fork, Utah
Colville, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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