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Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris
Pronunciation: TYE-mus vul-GAIR-iss
Common Name: common thyme, garden thyme
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Leaves elliptic-ovate to linear, 0.5-2 cm long, green or silvery-grey, acrid or pungant taste (sharp biting), visible pores on the upper leaf surface that look like pin-pricks.
Course(s): HORT 1155, HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Dense, Spreading
Form: Mounded
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Container planting, Dried flower or fruit, Fragrance, Herb, Perennial border, Rock garden, Small garden/space
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars on campus or shown may include T. 'Compactus'.
common thyme, garden thyme
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Pubescent
Colour in Summer: Green, Silver / Grayish
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate, Linear, Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Ciliate
Additional Info: leaves 0.6 - 1.5 cm long

Inflorescence Type: Verticillaster
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Purple
Flower Time at Peak: Jun, Jul, Aug
Additional Info: racemes whorled

Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, Ovary separates into four tiny mericarps or "nutlets" that are enclosed in a persistent calyx
Bark or Stem Colour: Green

Propagation: Seed, Greenwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Root rot, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant )
(BED) BEDding, container, or basket
(FEA) Field lab Equipment Area
(HPZ) Horticulture PlaZa
(ONE) Overpass North side East : cv. Compactus
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