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Lavender Scented Thyme

Thymus thracicus

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Lavender Scented Thyme

Lavender Scented Thyme

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A stunning groundcover, forming a dense, fine, and low mat with volumes of violet-lavender flowers throughout summer, attractive and fragrant foliage that is very fine; needs a dry and sunny location, can take light foot traffic

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Edible Qualities

Lavender Scented Thyme is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces which can be harvested at any point. The have a savory taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Features & Attributes

Lavender Scented Thyme is smothered in stunning lavender flowers with violet overtones at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive tiny fragrant round leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year.

This is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial herb with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Lavender Scented Thyme is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Lavender Scented Thyme will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Herb 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features