Thymus x citriodorus

Names

Names

Scientific: Thymus x citriodorus

English: Lemon thyme, Citrus thyme

Portuguese: Tomilho-limão

Origins

Origins

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: Mediterranean region

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameThymus x citriodorus
English NameLemon thyme, Citrus thyme.
Portuguese NameTomilho-limão.
German NameZitronen-Thymian.
FamilyLamiaceae
OriginMediterranean region.
Preferences CultivationDry stony slopes and dry grassland.
Life CyclePerennial
HabitatSunlight and light, well-drained calcareous soils. Thymes dislike wet conditions, especially in the winter.
Method of propagationSow in spring or in autumn in a greenhouse. Cuttings of young shoots in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering in July. H 0,1 m, ᴓ 0,3 m
Description of smells and flavorsPungent, aromatic, spicy, unique and characteristic of the plant. Lemon flavor.
Properties MedicinalAntiseptic, disinfectant.
Properties EdibilityThe leaves are used to flavor dishes and cakes/desserts.
Properties OtherOrnamental.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themSusceptible to powdery mildew and root rot that appear when excess irrigation.
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: Leaves and stems. Pruning: if growth is very vigorous, it is advisable to prune frequently, but take care because very flush cutting cause plant death. Harvest: in early and late summer just before the bloom.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe name derives from the Greek "thymus" which means "courage."  In the temples of ancient Greece was used as incense, which represented the symbol of grace and elegance. Was on the list of ingredients used by the Egyptians for embalming and mummifying bodies. In ancient Rome, soldiers bathed in thyme, to acquire courage.

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