A creeping thyme with a mild aroma, ideal for cooking.
Common name : Broad-leaved Thyme
Scientific name : Thymus pulegioides
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Broad-leaved Thyme is an European plant from very sunny dry lands, up to 2000 m altitude. It likes poor soils, neutral or calcareous, well drained.
It forms a tuft of spread stems that cover the ground. These stems are redish and hairy, and bear small oval leaves grouped in opposite pairs. Flowering lasts from July to August, it is pink, grouped in ears of flowers with two lips. The lower lip has 3 lobes.
10 - 20
6.5 - 8
Plant my broad-leaved thyme
Plant in well-drained, chalky soil, in the sun. It's best to plant in autumn or the beginning of spring. Dig a hole twice as large as the root ball, then plant without burying the base of the trunk.
If potted, give your thyme some chalky dirt, or add a some lime to the potting soil. Water after planting.
Prune my broad-leaved thyme
Pruning is important to keep your plants nice and compact. After flowering, cut back the end of each branch by 1/3rd, and remove any dead branches.
Water my broad-leaved thyme
Thyme hardly needs any water! Water for the first month after planting, then only in case of drought or wilting stems.
Reap my broad-leaved thyme
Harvest the tips of the branches and dry them out in order to store them until winter.
Mulch my broad-leaved thyme
Mulch lightly with slowly decomposing wood chips or a chalky mineral mulch, once a year in November.
Repot my broad-leaved thyme
If potted, transplant in a slightly larger container every 2-3 years, and fill with a mixture of chalky soil and potting soil.
Propagate my broad-leaved thyme
Propagate your thyme by dividing adult tufts in spring, once they become very large.