Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
Species: T. vulgaris


Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris L.) is a perennial subshrub that belongs to the Lamiaceae family, like rosemary and sage.
It is native to the arid areas of the Mediterranean, where it grows spontaneously.
The species likes full sunlight, medium/high temperatures, and prefers well drained calcareous soil.
Thyme is a subshrub composed of numerous vertical stems that tend to lignify after a few years; normally it does not reach more than 50 cm in height.
It has fascicled roots that are robust and woody.
The numerous small leaves are narrow and lanceolate, they are grey-green and their underside is densely covered in hairs which produce the plant’s characteristic aroma.
The pink-purple flowers, grouped together in spiked inflorescences, bloom at the beginning of the summer.
The best period in which to harvest thyme is when it is in flower, because this is when there is the highest concentration of essential oils in the leaves.
Thyme is used in the kitchen to add flavour to dishes, while in the field of herbal medicine it is appreciated for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Growing Sheet

Scientific name Thymus vulgaris
Productivity cycle Perennial
Recommended Seeding In Pots
Number of seeds
Sowing Depth 0.50 cm
Distance between rows 45 cm / 60 cm
Distance between rows 25 cm / 35 cm
Average growing time 1 years / 5 years
Average sprouting time 5 gg / 25 gg
Estimated growing sqm per person 0.3
Ideal Sprouting Temperature (C°) 15 °c - 25 °c
Min. Temperature (C°) -12 °c
Can be grown in pots yes