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French Thyme

French Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, French Thyme
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This low-growing Thyme is commonly used in culinary dishes and is highly fragrant, delighting the senses both in the garden and in the kitchen! (Thymus)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Tolerates Foot Traffic
Tolerates Foot Traffic
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12" tall, 12" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
SKU ASL6G31
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and... Thyme is one of the most historic plants on earth. Ancient Egyptians used it in embalming. Romans loved the fragrance and planted it all over Europe. Its been claimed to be everything from a trance-inducing drug to an aphrodisiac. Today, the essential oil from thyme is still commonly used--its a major ingredient in Listerine!

Best of all, to today's gardeners, is Thymes heavenly fragrance. (All parts of the plant are fragrant, and spread their scent wherever they're planted.)

Various members of the large thyme tribe are used in herb gardens, of course, but also as ornamentals in flower gardens and as ground covers. Its signature foliage, usually gray-green, is highly decorative, and the plants require almost no care once they are established.

Like lavender, its a plant that begs for gritty, fast-draining soil, and is very drought-tolerant. No moist, mushy loam for your Thyme!

Associated SKUs
ASL6GXX
ASL6G31 (Plant - 3" pot)
ASL6G32 (Tray of 32) - Out of stock.
Common Name French Thyme
Botanical Name Thymus vulgaris
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 12" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Foliage Tiny, gray-green leaves.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Groundcover, Evergreen, Erosion Control, Tolerates Foot Traffic
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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