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Scientific Name: Thymus pulegioides

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Thymus pulegioides
Thymus pulegioides


  • Perennial
  • Hardy evergreen perennial that forms a low, mounding bush of dark green leaves and clusters of soft lavender-mauve flowers in summer.
  • Drought tolerant, once established.
  • Well-drained soil and full sun.
  • Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
  • Clip plants lightly immediately after blooming, to maintain a compact habit.
  • Ideal as container-plants.
  • Grow over a wall feature or along the edge of a flower border.

Culinary Uses

  • Has an excellent flavor, one of the best selections for cooking.
  • Use the same way as upright thymes.
  • Use in meat, poultry, fish, butter, stews, casseroles, egg, roasted vegetables, cheese, mayonnaise, soups and teas.
  • Flavor oils and vinegars.
  • Fresh thyme is delicious sprinkled on salads.
  • Use in cake, pastry and other sweet dishes.
  • Make lovely dressings or marinades.

Parts Used

  • Leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Take against gastrointestinal disturbances and for the treatment of coughs, colds, bronchitis and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
  • Gargle for sore throat and mucosal inflammation.
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