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Lavender Thyme (Culinary & Ornamental)

Lavender Thyme

Lavender Thyme

Lavender Thyme

Lavender Thyme

With Lavender thyme (Thymus lavender) you can enjoy two of the most popular herbal scents in one plant. Many consider the scent “clean” smelling, making it a lovely addition to handmade soap. Lavender thyme grows upright and sturdy; it’s an excellent choice for the rock garden or container garden. Besides its refreshing aroma, Lavender thyme is prized for its intensely green leaves and deep purple flowers.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.7 to 7.3

Hardiness Zones

  • Hardy in zones 5 to 11


  • Plant 15 inches apart


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


  • Grows to 3 to 6 inches high, 18 inches wide
  • Attracts bees and butterflies, repels deer
  • Can be used in baking, cooking, and crafts
  • Best for rock gardens, edging, pathways, and containers

Have you ever grown Lavender thyme? Please tell us about your experiences with Lavender thyme.


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