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Lemon thyme is a hybrid of common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and is valued for its lemon-scented foliage.

Physical Description:

Leaves: Lemon thyme has small, elliptical leaves that are green and often variegated. The leaves release a strong lemon fragrance when crushed.

Stems: The plant has woody stems and a low, spreading growth habit.


Culinary: Lemon thyme is popular in culinary applications where a lemony flavor is desired. It can be used to flavor various dishes, including poultry, fish, vegetables, and salads.

Aromatic: The strong lemon fragrance makes it a pleasant addition to gardens, and the leaves can be used in potpourris or sachets.

Medicinal: Like other thyme varieties, lemon thyme has been traditionally used for its potential medicinal properties, including as a remedy for respiratory issues.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, sandy soil is suitable. Lemon thyme can adapt to various soil types.

Watering: It prefers moderate watering and should not be kept consistently waterlogged.

Sunlight: Lemon thyme thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

Hardiness: It is generally hardy and can be grown as a perennial.


Harvest leaves as needed for culinary purposes. Regular harvesting can also help maintain the plant's shape.

Thyme – Lemon (Thymus x citriodorus)

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