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Thyme - Thymus Vulgans

Thymus vulgaris, commonly known as garden thyme, is a perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which also includes mint, oregano, and lavender. It has a woody stem that can grow up to 30cm tall. The leaves are small and oval-shaped, and they have a strong, minty aroma. The flowers are small and purple, and they bloom in the summer. With proper care, garden thyme will spread and form a mat. Plant during Autumn / Spring in full or partial sun. The germination time is 7-21 days. Once the plant reaches a diameter of 10-12cm you can harvest the leaves.

They will add a comforing flavour to your cooking. In ancient times, Thyme was associated with courage. It was thought to bring strength and bravery. Thyme used to be sprinkled in the baths of the Ancient Greeks. When one “smells of thyme” it meant the person was stylish, refined and elegant.

When to plant


Where to plant

Full sun

Germination time

7 - 21 days

When can I harvest

When plant is 10-12cm in diameter

Plant Specs

Grey leaves. Strong flavour. Perennial plant. 20-30cm