Thymus Species, English Thyme, Common Garden Thyme, Winter Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Origanum thymus
Synonym:Thymus chinensis
Synonym:Thymus ilerdensis
Synonym:Thymus sublaxus
Synonym:Thymus webbianus
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Melbourne, 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

South Jordan, Utah

Norfolk, Virginia

Colville, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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! :)


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.


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.