Thymus x citriodorus 'Silver Queen'

Lemon-scented thyme

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A herb garden is not complete without at least one plant of thyme. 'Silver Queen', however, should not be confined to the vegetable plot. An evergreen, spreading shrub, it has attractive cream-variegated, or silvery-white oval leaves and delightful pale-pink flowers. Fresh leaves can be picked all year round. This cultivar will look excellent planted as edging where a few of its stems may occasionally be crushed under foot to release its wonderful citrus scent. Divide the plants every three years and replant. It is frost hardy. If you do not have a garden, thyme will grow in a pot on your windowsill.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Thymus

Species: x citriodorus

Cultivar: Silver Queen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: June to August

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