Thyme - common

Thymus vulgaris


Like all thymes, this is loved by bees and is an excellent culinary herb used around the world in many dishes and a strong antiseptic and antifungal herb. 9x9cm pot (8cm depth)
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9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

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Description

  • Aromatic
  • Essential ingredient for many dishes
  • Loved by bees
  • Antiseptic herb

A strongly antiseptic and antifungal herb due to the essential oil thymol, it can be used as an external wash for cuts and sores. A sprig in the hair of fair maidens was thought to make them irresistible to men and was also carried for courage and energy. It is a well-used culinary herb for many dishes and an essential ingredient of bouquet garni. In common with other thymes the flowers are alight with foraging bees and butterflies in the summer.

Plant care

  • Height: 30-60cm
  • Type: Hardy
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Well drained
  • Flower colour: Purple
  • Flowering period: June - August

Thyme is a plant that just has to be in full sun – it can never really be too hot for this fragrant herb, the more sun, the better the flavour and aroma. It also needs a well-drained soil and if this doesn’t describe your garden it is better to grow thyme in a pot, wall or rockery. Most thymes are pretty hardy and cope well with frosts, it is the wetness and lack of light over winter that can finish them off, I know from experience with my heavy clay. If you have one growing in full sun between one and seven in the afternoon in summer that’s fantastic, but the direct sun is reduced to about three hours in winter and it just isn’t enough. Upright thymes like this one should be cut back by about fifty percent after flowering to help keep it compact and bushy, but after a few years it will eventually become quite woody and at that point is better replaced.

Usage

One of the most widely used culinary herbs; this fragrant aromatic little gem is found growing wild in the Mediterranean and is also grown and harvested commercially worldwide. It is one of the traditional ingredients in bouquet garni and is used to flavour many meat, fish and egg dishes, either by adding whole stems (which are later removed) where the leaves will melt from them into the dishes, or by stripping the leaves and flowers – a good method for using in marinades.
Thyme essential oil contains thymol which is antiseptic and an expectorant which makes it an excellent herb for cough syrups which helps kill bacteria and loosen phlegm. A tea made from thyme can be used as a gargle to soothe sore throats and as an antiseptic can be applied as a disinfecting wash for minor cuts and grazes.
Thyme flowers are adored by bees and butterflies and they work them tirelessly for their nectar.

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