Orange Scented Thyme Seeds - (Thymus fragrantissimus)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 40 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 15-30 days at 55-65F
- Soil Requirements:
- Well-drained soil
- Light Preference:
- Sun or partial shade
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Orange Scented Thyme
Traditional flavor of Old English Thyme with a refreshing orange-mint fragrance and pale pink flowers that attract bees. Grows short and compact to 4” tall and 12” across. Useful for edging, around paving stones, also nice in containers. Cut it back if it gets shabby, it re-grows quickly.
Thyme has been associated with honey, because it attracts bees in great quantity. A common practice in Mediterranean orchards is to plant thyme as a ground cover to attracts pollinating insects to the fruit trees. Virgil, the ancient Roman poet was also a beekeeper, praised honey drawn from thyme. Thyme is associated with the Christ-child's manager. Thyme was among the few herbs upon which Mary and the Child bedded in Bethlehem. It is an herb used in Christmas creches. A favored plant in the gardens of churches and monasteries.
When used in cooking, the clear orange flavor lingers without the harsh aftertaste of other thymes. Excellent with fish, roasted vegetables, stews and soups.
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Tiny tiny seeds, but germination time was quick, we will see if they make it outside this year.
Orange Thyme began slowly. Just as it began to look as if it felt at home, the odd summer weather in South New Jersey kicked in. The plants are holding their own at this time, in early September. There is enough promise here for me to order more seeds for the next garden. I do recommend Orange Thyme, but then, thyme is a favorite here!