Thymus Species, 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)
Synonym:Thymus neiceffii
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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:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Clarksville, 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

South Jordan, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Colville, Washington

Elma, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.