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PlantFiles: Lime Thyme
Thymus citriodorus 'Lime'

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

Synonym:Thymus x citriodorus

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TheLoveofFlowers On Jun 13, 2012, TheLoveofFlowers from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Though I am in zone 4, I have successfully overwintered both this (lime thyme) and the variegated lemon Thyme in a container. (storing it in an unheated garage in the winter).

It just barely survived the harsh 2010-2011 winter, but came back from the roots. The mild 2011-2012 winter it even came back from the stem. I'm going to try planting some outside in a sunny area to see if it comes back.

Positive anelson77 On May 13, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Really pretty and fairly fast growing in the sun. The fresh lime green looks great all year with silver leafed herbs and lavender. Spills out onto the patio and creeps over a wall which looks nice too.

Positive morningrose1 On Jul 4, 2007, morningrose1 from Kenmore, WA wrote:

Grows very well for me. More aggressive than creeping thyme and elfin thyme, but can be kept under control. Fills in nicely around other plants and keeps the weeds down once established.

Positive Kauai17 On May 18, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my first year to try this herb. It has grown very quickly and stays very close to the ground. It has a bright green leaf and a wonderful citrus smell.


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

Hydesville, California
Walnut Creek, California
Machesney Park, Illinois
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Penn Yan, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Dallas, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Kenmore, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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