Orange Thyme

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Drifts of tiny pink and white blooms and low mounds of equally tiny gray-green leaves make the scented Orange Thyme (Thymus citriodorus) a real winner! These hardy perennial Herbs form carpets of aromatic greenery and honeybee-friendly blooms with a unique citrusy-thyme scent and flavor.

Multi-purpose perennials, Thyme is cold and heat-tolerant, handles a bit of foot traffic, and is wonderfully versatile in the kitchen! Thyme was widely used in home medicine as an antibiotic and medicine, to treat skin ailments, colds, and flu. Ideal for soups and stews, meat dishes, sauces, and gravy, while boosting the nutritional value of any recipe you include it in!

Wildly fragrant Orange Thyme is a hardy groundcover perennial Herb that can be used both fresh or dried for later use. Plant in any xeric and well-drained soil in USDA growing zones 4 through 9. The sensual smell makes any time you spend in the garden better - its herbal, orangy-citrusy, and medicinal could all describe the scent of Thyme.

Planting and Application:

A strong grower, Orange Thyme can tolerate mild foot traffic and perfumes your every step when planted between pavers and pathway stones. Try planting it in crevices on your steps, in the parking strip by your driveway, or in the transition areas between walkways and planting beds. It loves to spill over low walls.

Herbs are ;easy-care perennial accents! Drought tolerance makes Thyme ideal for use in the Rock Garden, as a lawn substitute, or in hot, dry, xeric sites, the hell-strip along the road, or as living mulch rambling between larger perennials and shrubs. Use in containers for a wonderful flowering spiller and scented filler. Just rub your hand along the plant to encourage it to release its scent.

  • Tiny White & Pink Blooms
  • Tiny Gray-Green Foliage
  • Carpet-Forming Aromatic Herb
  • Flowering Edible Landscaping Plant
  • Cracks & Crevices, Rock Gardens, Herb & Vegetable Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

They just require full sun outdoors, or bright indirect light when indoors. Plant in a location that has very well-drained soil and water regularly until established. These are very drought-tolerant and xeric plants and handle tougher sites and rocky soil. For best results, plant in enriched soil and mulch to keep the roots cool.

To use, just trim off what you need throughout the growing season. Pinching back keeps the plants from getting leggy and encourages branching. Before frost, container plants can be brought in for the winter in cold hardiness zones, or completely harvest your plants near the base of the plant. Wash and hang them to dry, so you can use your Herbs all winter!

  • Full Sun or Bright Indoor Light
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate But Regular Moisture
  • Pinch Back to Encourage Branching
  • Great Annual Herbs or Perennial in Mild Winter Climates

Orange Thyme is a unique scented perennial Herb that has a world of edible landscaping uses in your garden! Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery and enjoy the fragrance and beauty.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Growing Zones All Zones as an Annual
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thymus citriodorus
Type Annual
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Mixed
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fragrant Yes