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April 18 

Field Trip to Barton Springs Mill in Dripping Springs


Wimberley Presbyterian Church 
956 Ranch Road 2325
Wimberley, TX 78676

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Lemon Thyme, Thymus pulegioides

● Lemon scented thyme has been widely regarded as a hybrid of Thymus pulegioides × T. vulgaris, or wild thyme and common thyme (Thymus ×citriodorus), however further research demonstrates that this is not the case.

● Over the years, many thymes have been assigned to the wrong species. DNA studies are helping to sort out the confusion and assign the botanical names correctly.

● In 2009, the epithet citriodorus was proposed to be a synonym of T. pulegioides. Some lemon scented thyme plants are of unknown parentage and are best referred to with simply the genus (Thymus) and their cultivar name (T. ‘Golden King’ for example).

● The genus Thymus has an International Cultivar Registration Authority Report sheet with the International Society for Horticultural Science. Further information about the botanical name of lemon thyme can be found here:

● Lemon-scented chemotypes occur in different species, yielding a lemon scent.

● There are several cultivars which have gold or cream variegation or are solid green.

● The essential oil from lemon thyme is antibacterial and repels mosquitoes.

● Grows in a low (6-12”) spreading mound which works nicely in containers, perennial border, herb
and vegetable gardens and is hardy to zone 6.

● Lemon thyme can be used in cooking, providing a lemon and thyme flavoring to both savory and
sweet dishes. It is also used in crafts such as potpourri.