General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Culinary Herb/Spice
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Lemon Thyme

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Location: Magnolia, Texas
Date: April 7, 2021
Cultivar 'Lemon Mist' zone 9a plant set Fall 2020, not as fleshy
Photo by sedumzz
Location: My garden zone 5
Date: 2019-06-16

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2023-06-26
lemon thyme

Photo: Forest and Kim Starr
Location: KALAMA WA
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2.21.17
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-07-03
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2012-06-17

Date: 2014-02-28

Date: 2014-02-28
Location: Main Botanical Garden at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow
Date: June
credit: Andrey Korzun
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 3:31 AM concerning plant:
    "Thymus citriodorus is an evergreen sub-shrub, growing to 3.9 inches in height by 12 inches in spread. It prefers full sun and well draining soil. The bloom period is mid to late summer, with pink to lavender flowers that are a nectar source for bees and butterflies.

    Thymus citriodorus and its cultivars are cultivated as ornamental plants, culinary herbs, and medicinal plants. In gardens, the plants are often used as groundcovers: in planting beds, between stepping stones, and in containers. They are a drought tolerant plant when established. As honey plants attracting wildlife, they are used in wildlife gardening.

    The leaves are used as a flavoring herb in cooking, raw in salads, and for a herbal teas. Herbal medicinal uses can include the using leaves and/or essential oils in: antiseptics, asthma and respiratory aromatherapy, deodorants, and disinfectants."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
tabbycat On March 15, 2023 Obtained plant
Wanda gave me rooted cuttings off hers. I planted in 2 different pots to see where it does best. Hers is in full sun in her garden. it has only the slightest lemon aroma.
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