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(Thymus vulgaris)
Also see Thyme Varieties Chart

PROPAGATION: By seed, division, cuttings and layering. Perennial.
NEEDS: Full sun and light, dry well-draining soil. Prune often and hard to keep healthy; remove at least 1/2 of the length of the stems in early spring, then again in early summer or late summer.
HARVEST: As desired. Dry and then strip leaves from stems, or, freeze fresh.
FLOWERS: Late July onward.


Oil contains the antibacterial chemical thymol. Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant.
Has been used for all types of cough.
Has been used for asthma (steam inhalation), chronic asthma, nervous cough, dry cough, hacking cough, whooping cough, infection of lung or bronchial tubes, and bronchitic asthma.
Has been used for intestinal infections, intestinal worms, fungal growths, thrush and mouth fungi (mouthwash and gargle), wound cleanser, scrophulous skin condtions (lotion), liver diseases, indigestion, and as a skin disinfectant (washing wounds before dressing).
The tea has been used for colds, nervous conditions, colic, and headache
The steam is inhaled from the infusion for congestion; often combined with marjoram and chamomile.
Oil used in liniments for muscle pain.
Has been used to combat itchiness.

All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully.
INFUSION = 1 oz. herb to 1 quart water just off the boil and infused for 5 to 10 minutes (3 to 4 cups taken daily)

Popular seasoning.

Antiseptic and stimulating. Used in herbal lotions. An ointment used for spots and pimples. Used in the bath to stimulate and for nervous exhaustion.

Dried flowers used like lavender in insect repellant sachets. Used in dried herbal wreaths.

Repels cabbage worm.


Although the thymes have been separated into two distinct categories for reference, all thymes make good ornamentals. Caraway thyme is especially suited for walkways.

Alba (T. sp. 'Alba')
Caraway (T. Herba-barona)
Caraway, Lemon (T. Herba-barona citriodorus)
E.B. Anderson (T. citriodorus 'E.B.A.')
English (T. 'Broad-leaf English')
English, Variegated (T. 'Variegated English')
English Wedgewood (T. 'Wedgewood English')
French (T. vulg. 'Narrow-leaf French')
German French (T. v. sp. 'Tall German')
German Winter (T. vulg. sp 'N.-L. F')
Greek (T. v. sp 'N.-L.F.')
Green, Compact (T. vulg. 'Dottie Jacobsen')
Grey Hill (T. vulg. 'Grey Hill')
Japanese (T. quinquecostatus ibukiensis 'Alba')
Lemon (T. x citriodorus)
Lemon, Golden (T. x citriodorus 'Aureus')
Lemon, Silver (T. x citriodorus 'Argenteus')
Lemon, Silver-Edged (T. x. citrod. 'Argenteus' sp)
Lime (T. x citriod. sp)
Miniature (Thymus sp)
Miniature, English, Narrow-Leaf (Thymus sp)
Mother of Thyme (T. pulegioides)
Nutmeg (T. herba-barona)
Oregano (T. puleg. 'O-scented')
Pennsylvania Dutch Tea (T. pulegioides ssp)
Porlock (T. 'Porlock')
Provencal, Narrow-Leaf (T. vulg. ssp)
Rosa's Delight (T. vulg. ssp)

Annie Hall (T. praecox arcticus 'A.H.')
Archer's Gold (T. sp. 'A.G.')
Bressingham Pink (T. Doerfleri 'B.P.')
Caespititus "Tufted Thyme" (T. caespititus)
Camphor Thyme (T. camphoratus) - tender perennial
Carnosa (T. carnosus) - tender perennial
Coconut (T. praecox ssp)
Conehead (Coriothymus capitatus)
Creeping, 'Clear Gold' (T. sp. 'C.G.')
Creeping 'Dot Wells' (T. pulegoides 'D.W.')
Creeping Golden Variegated (T. praec. arct. 'Mayfair')
Creeping PInk (T. sp)
Creeping Red (T. puleg. 'Kermesinus')
Creeping Red, Narrow-Leaf (T. praec. arct. 'Coccineus')
Creeping White (T. praec. arct. 'Alba')
Creeping White Moss (T. praec. arct. 'W.M.')
Creeping Woolly (T. sp)
Doone Valley (T. 'D.V.')
Dr. Blackburn (T. sp)
Drucei (T. praec. arct.)
Emerald Cushion (T. praec. arct. 'E.C.')
Epiroticus (T. sp)
Erectus (T. sp)
Lanicaulis (T. thracicus)
Lavender (T. thracius) - potpourri and sachet
Lemon Frost (T. sp x 'L.F.')
Loevyanus (T. 'Long-leaf Gray')
Longwood (T. 'Longwood')
Marchallii (T. pannonicus)
Marshallianus (T. 'Linear-leaf Lilac')
Micans (T. caespititus 'Tuffet')
Minus (T. minus)
Moonlight (T. leucotrichus 'M')
Nummularius (T. sp)
Orange Balsam (T. vulg. 'O.B.') - potpourri and sachets; fruit salads
Pinewood (T. 'P.')
Pink Chintz (T. praec. arct. 'P.C.')
Pulegioides (T. puleg.)
Russian (T. sp)
Serpentine Citriodorum (Thymus sp)
Serp. Nutmeg (T. praecox Arct. sp)
Serp. Rosea (T. praec. arct. sp)
Silver (T. 'Argenteus')
Silver Needles (T. cherleriodes 'S.N.')
Silver, Hi-Ho (T. sp)
White Magic (T. puleg. 'W.M.')
Woolly (T. praec. arct. lanuginosus)
Woolly, Hall's (T. praec. arct. 'H.'s W')
Woolly-Stemmed Early (T. sp)
WoollyStemmed Sharp (T. 'W.-s S.')
Woolly-Stemmed Sweet (T. 'W.-s S')

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