The leaves have a lemon scent and are used as a flavouring in food
An essential oil is obtained from the leaves.
The leaves, and especially the essential oil contained in them, are strongly antiseptic, deodorant and disinfectant
. The plant can be used fresh at any time of the year, or it can be harvested as it comes into flower and either be distilled for the oil or dried for later use
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Seed can also be sown in autumn in a greenhouse. Surface sow or barely cover the seed. Germination can be erratic. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.
Cuttings of young shoots, 5 - 8cm with a heel, May/June in a frame.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame.
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Prefers a light, well-drained calcareous soil and a sunny position
. This species thrives in stony situations
. Plants tolerate occasional walking on and can be grown in cracks in paths, they also succeed on walls
. Thymes dislike wet conditions, especially in the winter. A layer of gravel on the soil around them will help protect the foliage from wet soils
Plants are hardy to at least -10°c.
The flowers are rich in nectar and are very attractive to honey bees.
This is a very difficult genus taxonomically, the species hybridize freely with each other and often intergrade into each other
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