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Thymus cilicicus - Boiss.&L.H.Bailey.

Common Name Cilician Thyme
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Thymus cilicicus Cilician Thyme


Thymus cilicicus Cilician Thyme

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Thymus cilicicus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment

The leaves have a lemon scent and are used as a flavouring in food[238].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic  Deodorant  Disinfectant

The leaves, and especially the essential oil contained in them, are strongly antiseptic, deodorant and disinfectant[200, 238]. The plant can be used fresh at any time of the year, or it can be harvested as it comes into flower and either be distilled for the oil or dried for later use[238].

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Other Uses

Deodorant  Disinfectant  Essential

An essential oil is obtained from the leaves.

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light, well-drained calcareous soil and a sunny position[200]. This species thrives in stony situations[238]. Plants tolerate occasional walking on and can be grown in cracks in paths, they also succeed on walls[200]. Thymes dislike wet conditions, especially in the winter. A layer of gravel on the soil around them will help protect the foliage from wet soils[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -10°c[238]. The flowers are rich in nectar and are very attractive to honey bees[200]. This is a very difficult genus taxonomically, the species hybridize freely with each other and often intergrade into each other[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Seed can also be sown in autumn in a greenhouse. Surface sow or barely cover the seed. Germination can be erratic. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Cuttings of young shoots, 5 - 8cm with a heel, May/June in a frame[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[200]. Layering.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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