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Thymus × citriodorus 'Argenteus' (Silver thyme, Lemon-scented thyme)

Thymus × citriodorus 'Argenteus' Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Thymus × citriodorus 'Argenteus' TY-mus ex sih-tree-oh-DOOR-us Common Name: Silver thyme, Lemon-scented thyme Synonyms: T. vulgaris 'Argenteus', T. citriodorus 'Argenteus' Genus: Thymus
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 characteristics: Thymes 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.
Care: Grow in well-drained and average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Shear in early spring and lightly trim back after flowering.
Propagation: Divide 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.
Problems: Gray mold, root rot.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Naturalizing, Suitable as Annual, Waterside
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Herbs

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