Thymus × citriodorus
Thymus citriodorus, the lemon thyme or citrus thyme, is a lemon-scented evergreen mat-forming perennial plant in the famly Lamiaceae. There has been a great amount of confusion over the plant's correct name and origin. Recent DNA analysis suggests that it is not a hybrid or cross, but a distinct species as it was first described in 1811.
T. citriodorus is an evergreen sub-shrub, growing to 0.1 metres (3.9 in) in height by 0.3 metres (12 in) in spread. It prefers full sun and well draining soil. The bloom period is mid to late summer, with pink to lavender flowers that are a nectar source for bees and butterflies.
lemon thyme (plural lemon thymes)
- A species of thyme with gold-variegated leaves and a lemon-like scent, Thymus citriodorus or Thymus × citriodorus (there's disagreement as to whether this is a hybrid).
- Cultivars of other species with a similar appearance and scent, especially the creeping species Thymus pulegioides.