Thymus herba-barona

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 Thymus herba-barona subsp. var.  Caraway thyme
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Habit: herbaceous
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Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: fragrance, edible
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USDA Zones: 7 to 9
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Flower features: red, blue, purple, pink
Lamiaceae > Thymus herba-barona var. ,

Thymus herba-barona is a species of thyme native to Corsica, Sardinia, and Majorca. It is also sometimes known by the common name Caraway Thyme, as it has a strong scent similar to Caraway, for which it can be used as a substitute in any recipe. It can be used in cuisine or as an evergreen groundcover for gardens. It is cultivated in gardens across the world.

It is a creeping plant growing to 10–25 cm high and spreading out across the ground using runners. The leaves are 4–10 mm long, dark green, and hairy. The flowers are pink, produced in late spring and early summer, and are attractive to bees. It grows best in average soil with light watering and full sunlight.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Thymus herba-barona, Loisel. Subshrub, much branched, procumbent, glabrous below: flowering branches shortly ascending, 3-5 in. high: lvs. short-petioled, ovate- lanceolate, acute, base rotundate, viscid-glandular: floral lvs. rather similar: floral whorls approximate and capitate: fls. purplish: calyx white-pilose and red, glandular, upper lip trifid, lower teeth of calyx subulate and ciliate-barbed; corolla-tube slightly exserted. Corsica. CH

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It is difficult to grow Caraway Thyme from seed, so it is usually purchased as young plants 5–10 cm high, in small pots.

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There are two subspecies:

  • Thymus herba-barona subsp. herba-barona. Corsica, Sardinia.
  • Thymus herba-barona subsp. bivalens. Majorca (Spain).


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