Lemon Thyme

Thymus Citriodorus

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.

Enlarge

2006-11-28Thymus_citriodorus07 -

Description

Thymus citriodorus, also known as lemon thyme, is part of the Lamiaceae family. It is a small evergreen shrub, which grows to about 10cmx30cm. Lemon thyme blooms in the late summer and is noted for its ability to attract wildlife.

 

The leaves (and the essential oil contained in them) are strongly antiseptic, deodorant, and disinfectant. Additionally the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and contain an antioxidant. Studies have shown that regular use of the raw leaves can increase life expectancy by 10%.