Thymus vulgaris, Common Thyme, Garden Thyme
Terminal clusters of small pale mauve flowers. Small, oval, narrow pointed, dark green aromatic leaves. Culinary; edible flowers and leaves. Traditional thyme, good culinary flavoured leaves.
• Hardiness: H4 (-5 to -10C)
• Type: Evergreen Shrub
• Height: 30cm
• Spread: 30cm
• Soil type: Loam, Chalk, Sand, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: Pale Mauve
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: Yes (Read Jekka's Guide to Pollinators for more information)
• Container suitability: Yes
• UK native: No
• Caution: Not to be taken medicinally when pregnant
• Indoor Sowing: In early spring, into prepared plug trays or pots, cover with perlite. Bottom heat, 18°C, aids germination.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer, into a well-drained soil, sunny position. Thin to 20cm apart.
• Propagation: Cuttings
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
For more information about Common Thyme please see Jekka's Guide To Thyme.
Thyme leaves and flowers contain volatile oils which have been found to have antiseptic actions. This supports the historical use of this herb to treat coughs, colds, sore throats and chest infections, where it was also said to help promote the coughing up of phlegm, promote sweating and to reduce fevers. It has long been a traditional ingredient in cough remedies.
It has a gentle warming action, which has traditionally made it a useful additive to rubs and liniments for aching joints and for muscular aches and pains.
Caution: Avoid large amounts in pregnancy.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists
In particular, Jekka's "How to Grow It" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
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Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.