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Lemon Thyme

Thymus citriodorus

Citrus Thyme

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Lemon thyme looks just like regular thyme; that is until you crush a few of its leaves, breath in its sweet, lemony aroma and taste how terrific it goes with almost any dish. Grown for culinary and scented foliage purposes, this is a low growing evergreen shrub with small fragrant flowers ideal for ground cover or between pavers. It is cultivated not only as ornamental plants and culinary herbs but also for its medicinal qualities.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvesting is best done picking fresh leaves during early morning hours or just before flowering as the best taste is guaranteed then.

Propagation

Seed
Sow in spring, surface sow or barely cover the seed. Germination can be erratic.
Division
Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
Cuttings
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Repels deer & mosquito.
Drought resistant
Drought tolerant plant when established; suitable for xeriscaping.
Pot plant
Requires a light well-drained preferably calcareous soil in a sunny position.
Attracts birds
Insects attract various birds.
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors in a pot/container given enough sunlight and well-drained soil.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand, Compost
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Use of leaves and/or essential oils in antiseptics, asthma and respiratory aromatherapy, deodorants, and disinfectants.
Edible
Lemon thyme may be added to poultry, seafood, vegetable, marinades, stews, soups, sauces, teas & stuffing while fresh sprigs of this herb make a lovely garnish.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
, Purples, Pink
Scent
Strong

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