French thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a variety of English thyme that has narrower, grey-green leaves and a slightly sweeter flavor, with a subtle hint of clove. Many chefs prefer French thyme for cooking—but it’s a personal taste. French thyme is also known as summer thyme and is thought to have originated in Provence. Although it is similar to English thyme, French thyme is not quite as robust or cold tolerant.
- Full sun (six to eight hours)
- 6.0 to 8.0
- 4 to 9
- Plant 12 inches apart
- Drought resistant
- Water only when soil is completely dry
- 1 inch of water every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks
- Grows to 12 inches
- Aromatic with sweet flavor
- Subtler in flavor than English thyme
- Especially delicious in French recipes, such as quiche and seafood
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