Thymus vulgaris - German Thyme
Thyme provides a variety of functions, including those of a groundcover, nectary, and edible plant, and is therefore a great addition to our garden!
Common Name: German thyme (also known as common thyme and wild thyme)
Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Identification: Low growing, spreading plant. Flowers grow in purple, tubular whorls and bloom from May to July. Leaves are small, narrow, and curl under slightly on the edges.
Edible Parts: The leaves and flowers make a delicious addition to salads and the leaves are also used dried or fresh as seasoning. The leaves can also be used for tea.
Medicinal Uses: Thyme is prized for its antibiotic and antioxidant properties. It is often used to treat respiratory and digestive issues. The essential oil derived from the plant is often used for aromatherapy.
Other Uses: Used to scent soaps and perfumes, prevent mildew, dried flowers may repel moths.
Designing with this Plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-11
Forest garden layer: Herbaceous perennial, needs little water but full sun, tolerates rocky soil.
- Missouri Botanical Garden “Thymus vulgaris” (2018).
- Plants for a Future “Thymus vulgaris - L.” (2018)