Thyme - Wild Thyme (Thymus praecox) Mother Of Thyme Ground Cover Culinary - Organic - Herb

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Thyme - Wild Thyme (Thymus praecox) Mother Of Thyme Ground Cover Culinary Organic Herb


Height 3 in

This variety is known as Wild Thyme, and is a low maintenance variety of Thyme that is ideal for culinary use and has an aroma similar to oregano, and is slightly milder than the stronger scented english variety. Also makes a fantastic choice for use as an evergreen groundcover for pathways and exudes a fabulous perfume when walked on. Reddish pink flowers are highly attractive to bees. Native to southern, western and central Europe and may be used as a substitute wherever Creeping Thyme is used, but not available.

Thyme contains the compound 'thymol' which is considered to be a powerful antiseptic and can be used in teas or tinctures to combat infections and mucous congestion. Drought tolerant once established.

  • Full sun
  • Grows on any soil, but prefers light, sandy or gravel ground
  • Start seeds indoors about weeks prior to last frost, in organic potting soil, either in trays or 2 in containers. Sprinkle seeds on top of the soil or covered lightly to a depth of 1/16 of an inch at most, and maintain consistent moisture for germination. Thin to 2 to 3 seedlings per container. Transplant out after all risk of frost has passed and soil begins to warm
  • OR direct sow late May through June.
  • Ideal soil temperature for germination: 15 to 21°C (60-70°F)
  • Germinates 7 to 21 days
  • Cut when in full flower in July and August, and dry in the same manner as Common Thyme.
  • Seed Count: 30