ZONE: 5 - 9 EXPOSURE: Full Sun SIZE: 12"H x 15"S BLOOM: Pink, Lavender, Mid Summer
Lemon Thyme looks and grows like English Thyme but has the taste and scent of lemon! Use Lemon Thyme in any recipe that calls for lemon flavoring or lemon zest to avoid bitterness or overpowering with citrus flavor. Known worldwide for its culinary prowess, Lemon Thyme is heavily used in Middle Eastern and European cuisines, most popularly found in the French Bouquet Garnis and Herbes de Provence. Lemon Thyme is best added early on in the cooking process, when left to simmer, its lemon flavor slowly infuses the dish. Lemon Thyme also makes a very delicious and medicinally valuable tea and is a great source of iron.
Believed for centuries to be a symbol of courage, Lemon Thyme was also seen as an herb that ensured safety and protection. Often placed under pillows and in mattresses to ward off bad dreams and used to line coffins to protect the soul on its journey to the afterlife, Thyme has a rich superstitious history.
A valuable medicinal herb, Lemon Thyme is similar to the rest of its family. Highly antiseptic, it was used to disinfect wounds, sterilize bandages and illness. Because its essential oils are lipid-soluble, when taken in tea form, it is highly effective at thinning and reducing mucus and chest congestion. Frequently prescribed after childbirth, Lemon Thyme tea aides in the recovery and healing, and reduces painful uterine contractions. Lemon Thyme is now commonly found in many all natural sanitizers and cleansers for its aromatic scent and antiseptic properties.
Lemon thyme is a reliable little herb that has attractive green, glossy heart shaped leaves and produces a delicate little pink flower in the summer. This thyme is a semi-creeping plant and looks great in a container filled with bright, cheery annuals.