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Staff Favorite:

Cynthia Rees

"Looks great, smells great, and tastes great too! I swear by Lemon Thyme tea for head colds."

— Cynthia

Thymus citriodorus 'Golden Lemon'

  • Growing best in full sun and well-drained soil, 'Golden Lemon' Thyme is both drought tolerant and critter resistant.
  • Keep 'Golden Lemon' Thyme well trimmed for kitchen use and to maintain a pleasant bushy shape.

This plant is useful in the kitchen and the garden with beautiful yellow-edged small-leaved green foliage and an amazing lemony scent. The bi-colored leaves brighten the garden path and add great contrast to container gardens. A vigorous grower that provides a wonderful lemon-flavored herbal harvest all summer long. Use it in chicken and fish dishes, vegetables, summer soups and herb vinegars.

Interesting Notes:

An important component for container herb gardens due to the colorful foliage and wonderful fragrance.

Height: 10-12 Inches

Spread: 15 Inches

USDA Zone: 3-7

Color: Bi-Color


  • Container
  • Combination
  • Great Foliage
  • Edging
  • Border or Bed
  • Medicinal
  • Fragrant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Culinary
  • Rock Garden
  • Focal Point

Combo Usage:

  • Thriller (focal point)


  • One Earth Edibles

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Squirrel Resistant


  • Sun

Fertilizer Levels:

  • Low Feed

Foliage Color:

  • Variegated

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer(Foliage)

Soil Moisture Preference:

  • Dry

Soil pH Requirements:

  • Medium, 5.7-6.2

Vigor Rating:

  • Plays with others