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Thymus citriodorus - Lemon Thyme
ENLARGE IMAGE fragrant ground cover for tough spots

Thymus citriodorus - Lemon Thyme

A useful ground cover and a yummy herb
Item: #THYLE3P
ZONE 5,6,7,8
As low as $11.19
  • Useful herb and garden ground cover
  • Strong fragrance
  • Drought tolerant & deer resistant
  • Summer flowers support pollinators
  • Ship size: 3 ½" Pot
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Thymus citriodorus - Lemon Thyme Description

Dual-purpose plants are pretty fantastic and lemon thyme is one of them! It’s well known for being an absolutely delicious addition to meals - giving chicken dishes a zesty pop, bringing an interesting zest to sugar cookies, or bringing a little class to a mixed drink. What is less well known, however, is its value as an ornamental ground cover! It can handle tough conditions like dry, poor quality soil and thrive. It’s great for tucking between stepping stones where light foot traffic will disturb foliage enough to release its scent. 

Special features: Cold hardy, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance, fast-growing, fragrance, edible

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Thymus citridorus 'Lemon'
  • Common name:
    Lemon thyme
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Sun (6+ hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    3 1/2" Pot
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry, Average
  • Height x width:
    6-12" X 6-18"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Early summer
  • Uses:
    Alpine & rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, edible, pollinator garden, herb garden
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Soil: Grows easily in average soils, but prefers sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Will tolerate and perform well in poor soils.
Light: Performs best in full sun.
Water: Prefers dry conditions and will not tolerate overly moist or soggy conditions. Likely to develop root rot if overwatered in soil that has poor drainage.
Spacing: 6-12" apart
Fertilizing: Does not require fertilizer.
Winterizing: If planted in its coldest zone (5) it benefits from original garden placement in an area protected from strong, freezing winds in winter. If already planted in a cold corridor, cover with mulch.
Maintenance & pruning: If it starts to get woody and leggy, sheer back to last layer of healthy green and it will bulk up. In spring all old foliage can be trimmed off.