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English Thyme is the traditional variety of this commonly used culinary herb. English Thyme, a staple in herb gardening, has small evergreen, gray-green leaves and blooms white/pale purple in the summer. It is a robust grower, making it a good ground-cover in the garden. Like all Thyme herb plants, it is shallow-rooted and needs a moist, well-draining soil. It does best in full sun to partial sun.
Also known as "Garden" or "German" Thyme, English Thyme is popular for its use in bouquet garnis and as an ingredient in the French mixture of herbs, Fines Herbes. A great compliment to lamb, beef, eggs, infused in honey and more.
Originating in the Mediterranean, Thyme was used in Ancient Greece to show class and sophistication and throughout the Middle Ages, this fragrant herb took on an association with chivalry. It was also believed that fairies made their homes in small thickets of Thyme and superstitious gardeners would plant patches devoted to these herb loving sprites.
In addition to be a delicious and multifaceted culinary herb, English Thyme is an insect repellent and will keep your garden pest free. For indoor use, mix some dried Thyme and Lavender to ward off moths in your closets and drawers. Thyme has also been proven to encourage healthier growth of eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes when grown near them in the garden.
Medically, English Thyme has been historically used for its antiseptic properties on battlefields as well as in the home. Extracted oils from English Thyme have also been used to treat epilepsy, depression, headaches, and respiratory issues.
Characteristics: 'English' Thyme has small evergreen gray-green leaves, and makes an excellent ground cover. Blooms are white/pale purple in the summer.
Light: Thyme is a Mediterranean herb—it will flourish in dry, sunny conditions.
Water: Thyme has average water needs. Water regularly but be careful not to overwater.
Soil: Thyme likes dry, lean, well-drained soil. Thyme is susceptible to root rot and fungus if exposed to constant moisture. Like most herbs, it's a good idea to thoroughly let thyme dry out before you give it a deep watering.
Use: A fragrant culinary herb, english thyme is a lovely addition to shellfish, egg dishes, and vegetables.
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