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PlantFiles: Lemon Thyme
Thymus citriodorus

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: citriodorus (sit-ree-oh-DOR-us) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Erutuon On Apr 12, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I love the scent of this plant and like to chew it to freshen my breath it's got thymol, which kills bacteria and is added to mouthwash. Each spring I take cuttings and plant them in new places around the yard. They root well while it's still cool and wet later in the year it's too warm and they just dry up.

Positive montsho On Apr 26, 2009, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I am amazed at the tea that this plant makes. I was truly blown away after tasting some. I have always grown this plant but never attempted to use it in a culinary way. That has changed from this point on.

Positive MsJacki On Jul 19, 2006, MsJacki from Munford, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grows like a weed in the herb garden....very attractive foliage. Excellent seasoning for fish or chicken.

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

All the lemon-scented varieties of thyme are very vigorous spreading plants. Many have foliage with some degree of variegation during the course of the year. All are very suitable for landscaping use as well as culinary.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Midland City, Alabama
Perryville, Arkansas
Elk Grove, California
Hanford, California
Lakeside, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Oakland, California
Redding, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Ana, California
Temecula, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Louisville, Colorado
Inverness, Florida
Miami, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Yorkville, Illinois
Eddyville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Litchfield, Maine
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Protem, Missouri
Billings, Montana
Nashua, New Hampshire
Rockaway, New Jersey
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Glouster, Ohio
Corvallis, Oregon
Pipersville, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Atoka, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Leander, Texas
Manchaca, Texas
Mathis, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Springtown, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Colville, Washington
Elma, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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