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Thymus vulgaris

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Also known as

Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, Pot-Herb Thyme, English Thyme, German Thyme

THYMUS VULGARIS - AGUDA - IB-910 (Timó) by Isidre blanc (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Thyme Overview

Thymus vulgaris is known by a few names including Garden Thyme, Common Thyme or just Thyme. It is a bushy, dwarf shrub from the Lamiaceae family. Grown for the aromatic leaves, they are small and coloured dark grey-green. The leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year. Flowers are arranged on terminal spikes in whorls, they are white or pink in colour, appearing in the summer. With such a wide variety of uses, it's a must-have for the herb garden. Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming, as incense by the early Greeks, and to ward off nightmares or as a gift during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most popular herbs to grow, especially because it is grown as a perennial, so it doesn't have to be replanted each year. It has culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses and is also used as an insect repellant.

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How to propagate Thyme


Cuttings may be taken in late spring. Take thyme cutting at a node on the stem at a point where the leaves attach. Plant in moist soil and keep damp until settled in.


Divide roots during spring. Divide the little bush into smaller sections and make sure that each section has roots attached.


Sowing time best during spring and summer. Sowing depth should be 4-6 mm and germination time takes between 15-20 days.

Special features of Thyme

Repels harmful insects

Keeps mosquitoes away.

Indoor plant

Choose a high light intensity spot.

Drought resistant

Once established can survive on small amounts of water.

Pot plant

Make a good companion for fruit trees in huge pots or keep in the kitchen windowsill to use while cooking.

Attracts bees

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Thyme

Border, ground cover, containers


Antiseptic (often used in mouthwashes like Listerine), antifungal and used for coughs and bronchitis.


Used fresh or dried in almost all savoury dishes. Especially to enhance the flavour of chicken or lamb dishes.

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