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Caraway Thyme (Culinary & Ornamental)

Caraway Thyme

Caraway Thyme

Caraway Thyme

Caraway Thyme

As the name suggests, Caraway thyme (Thymus herba barona) releases the fragrance of caraway seeds. But it could also be called “carried away” thyme as it grows fast and spreads rampantly. Plant it where it has plenty of space to roam. Because it covers a lot of territory quickly, Caraway thyme is often used as an aromatic groundcover, but it is also popular as a culinary herb. Caraway thyme has deep green leaves that are set about a half inch apart along reddish stems. Its Latin name, herba barona or herb of beef, refers to the fact that it was used to spice up meat that often had gone a bit over its expiration date.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 8.0

Hardiness Zones

  • Hardy in zones 5 to 11


  • Plant 8 to 12 inches apart


  • Soil should be kept moist but not wet
  • Once established water 1 inch every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks


  • Grows to 4 inches tall
  • Grows fast and sprawls
  • Culinary and ornamental
  • Perfect for flavoring meats and breads

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