Green herb in a potting plant close-up.

Thymus vularis

Common Thyme

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Woody-base perennial from Southern Europe used mainly as a culinary herb with elliptic green leaves that are highly aromatic .

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Thymus vulgaris, commonly known as thyme, is a hardy perennial herb native to Southern Europe. It has a woody base and elliptic green leaves known for their strong aroma. As such, thyme is primarily used as a culinary herb due to its robust flavor, further possessing historical use in traditional medicine for its antimicrobial properties.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Thyme, Garden Thyme, English Thyme, Pot-herb thyme, Thym commun, Tomillo

Plant Type: Flower, Annual

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Late Spring to Early Summer, Summer

Bloom Colors: Pink, Purple

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 0.5 - 1 ft

Spread: 0.5 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium