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Should never be far from a roast chicken.

Its common name is Thyme and it has been one of the most used herbs for centuries, but the Thymus genus includes a vast range of more than 350 species. Mostly semi-woody perennials, their foliage provides an unmistakably refreshing aroma thanks to the oils contained in very fine hairs on its tiny grey-green leaves. Its stems are wiry, but when flowering, it becomes awash with tiny pink, white or lavender blossoms, depending on the particular species. Thyme loves a range of soil types, from moist to well-drained and neutral to alkaline, and the sun. With its aroma and an ability to repel pests, it is a great addition to any garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Mound-forming
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Fragrant flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years