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Thymus × citriodorus ‘Argenteus’ (Silver thyme, Lemon-scented thyme)

Silver Thyme is a perennial that grows up to a height of 6 in. to 12 inches to one foot and spread wide about 1 ft. to 3 feet. It is also known as Hi Ho Silver thyme. It is a part of delicious culinary herb garden. It has white variegated leaves and is used as oval windowsill planters and on patios. It forms clumps and needs medium moisture.
Silver Thyme can grow in zones 4-11. The flowers are Pink, Purple/ Lavender or White in color. The plant is an evergreen herb. It needs full sun to partial shade to grow well. This plant attracts butterflies with its showy flowers and fragrant foliage. It is also a part of Cottage Garden, Formal Garden and Rock Gardens. It is also known as lemon-scented thyme. It is used as an ornamental plant too. The leaf edges are silvery and flowers bloom in early summer. They are native of Eurasia. They grow in well drained soil. The soil type is neutral to alkaline. Lightly trim after flowering for new growth.
It is an aromatic, decongestant, relaxant herb with a strong lemon scent. Its tea cures respiratory problems, including asthma, in children. Iits inhalation can relieve melancholy and epilepsy. Its essential oil has Thymol which is an antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal agent. It is used as an expectorant and for loosening phlegm to cough up and relieve the respiratory tract. It relieves diarrhea and fever too and is an antiseptic agent for fungal infections like athlete’s foot. It is used to treat dry coughs, whooping coughs and used as a sedative too. It is known to repel cabbage root flies when grown near brassicas. It treats laryngitis, indigestion, gastritis and diarrhea and enuresis in children and externally it is used for treating tonsillitis, gum diseases, rheumatism, arthritis, digestive disorders, sore throats and fevers.

Growing conditions for Lemon Thyme:

• Plant thyme in full sun and in well-drained soil.
• It grows well in Zones 4-11.
• They need neutral or alkaline soil.
• These plants can be propagated from new clumps and roots too.
• Establish new clumps and transplant them.
• The roots can be grounded after last frost in spring.
• Plant in holes dug that are 3 to 4 inches deep and across.
• Break the root plugs of 1-2 inches across.
• Soak the roots.
• From stem cuttings, take stems that are 3-4 inches long.
• Plant them in the soil and cover in 1/3 of the stem after dipping them in rooting hormone.
• Transplant them after 4-6 weeks in spring.

Care for Lemon Thyme:

• Fertilize it for it to grow well.
• Use organic fertilizer but do not over fertilize and the flavor of the thyme might be lost.
• This plant needs full sun and well drained soil.
• Do not place the plants deeper when growing.
• The plants should be 6 to 9 inches apart.
• Mulch around and not on the top of the plant.
• Mulch with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water well until the soil is moist.
• Trim back the plants in spring.

Photos of this plant.

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