Thymus vulgaris
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Thymus vulgaris


  family lamiaceae 
  genus thymus 

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Genus  Thymus Species  vulgaris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  thyme Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S8465 Data source  ColorNat p26;MedPl p142;Frgnt p177
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Thymus vulgaris has mild sweet leaves. The leaves of Thyme have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by this plant including grayish gold, yellow, gold and bronze. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (The mordants used for fixing the dye include: alum, tin, ammonia, copper.)
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiseptic   tonic   antispasmodic   expectorant   anthelmintic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Leaves   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally. Medicinal notes  Thymus vulgaris has herbal applications as an antiseptic, as a tonic, as an antispasmodic and as an expectorant. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. The aerial parts as well as the leaves and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations. Do not take essential oil internally.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  grayish gold,yellow,gold,bronze
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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