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Silver thyme

Thymus  × citriodorus 'Argenteus'

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This plant is an elegant addition to an herb or ornamental garden. It has lemon-scented green leaves edged in silver and produces lilac flowers in early summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThymes produce carpets of blossoms in shades of pink, purple, or white. They are native to dry grasslands of Eurasia, and most thrive in any dry, well-drained spot. Patios, walks, rock gardens, stone walls, and pond borders all benefit from the creeping, mounding, and cascading habit of thyme. Prostrate species spill gracefully over stone walls and can be grown between pavers where occasional foot traffic releases their distinct aroma. Some thymes are used for cooking and making tea, and all species ornament herb gardens or formal areas. Thymes are well-loved by bees and butterflies.

CareGrow in well-drained and average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Shear in early spring and lightly trim back after flowering.

PropagationDivide or mound-layer in spring or fall, take softwood cuttings in early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in mid- to late summer. Sow seed in spring; thymes are slow to germinate and hybridize regularly.

ProblemsGray mold, root rot.

  • Genus : Thymus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Herbs
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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