Spanish Red Thyme
Thymus zygis gracilis
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal/Aromatic Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 6-9)
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
(Hierba de la sangre) This native of Spain is called hierba de la sangre or "blood herb" because the foliage yields an essential oil with a deep red glow when distilled in traditional iron stills. Phenols in the oil are believed to react with iron to produce the striking red pigment. The herb is very rich in thymol, one of nature’s most potent antiseptics, and the essential oil is commonly added to baths to relieve coughs and colds, especially when accompanied by thick mucus. The oil is traditionally rubbed on skin to treat inflamed lesions and bruises and to relieve itching. It is also widely used in perfumes and cosmetics and in oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. And, as if all this weren’t enough, the fresh and dried herb is terrific for kitchen use just like English or French thyme. Thrives in any sunny, well-drained location, forming lovely mounds that attract butterflies and pollinators. Ht. 30cm (1ft).
S6469 Seeds $5.75/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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