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Caraway Thyme Thymus herba-barona

Phonetic Spelling
THY-mus ER-bah bah-ROH-nah
Description

Caraway Thyme is a culinary herb in the mint family brought to this country from southern Europe. It is low growing and spreading in habit with leaves that have a strong caraway aroma. Each plant grows to 6 inches tall and spreads 1 foot. It grows best in loose sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Tolerant of low fertility soils and will grow in sun to partial shade.

Caraway Thyme can be used in containers, rock gardens, as a ground cover for small areas, along walkways or an edible garden.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#cpp
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thymus
    Species:
    herba-barona
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Oils are used in deodorants, antiseptics and perfumes
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Corsica. Sardinia.
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract bees
    Edibility:
    Leaves have a caraway flavor and are used to flavor foods.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small pink tubular 4-petaled flowers with a prominent lower lip in late spring to early summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1/4 inch pointed dark green glossy, hairy leaves are aromatic
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Woody.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil