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Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden large thyme)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus'

Other names

Golden large thyme, Thymus x citriodorus 'Aureus', Thymus 'Golden Lemon' misapplied

Genus

Thymus Thymus

Variety or Cultivar

'Aureus' _ 'Aureus' is a bushy, low-growing, evergreen subshrub with aromatic bright yellow and green, variegated leaves and erect spikes of tiny, lavender-pink flowers in summer.


Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (lemon thyme).

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Flower

Lilac-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green, Bright-yellow, Variegated in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden large thyme) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Between paving stones, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in most alkaline or neutral, well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus'

Other names

Golden large thyme, Thymus x citriodorus 'Aureus', Thymus 'Golden Lemon' misapplied

Genus

Thymus Thymus

Variety or Cultivar

'Aureus' _ 'Aureus' is a bushy, low-growing, evergreen subshrub with aromatic bright yellow and green, variegated leaves and erect spikes of tiny, lavender-pink flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (lemon thyme).

Habit

Bushy, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Lilac-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green, Bright-yellow, Variegated in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden large thyme) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Between paving stones, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in most alkaline or neutral, well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden large thyme)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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