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Broad Leaf Thyme

Plectranthus amboinicus

Larger leaves than the common variety

A must have herb for keen cooks. This is a variation of common thyme with larger leaves and a good strong flavour. It makes a spreading mound which is covered in masses of tiny pink-purple flowers during summer.


Happiest in a sunny spot, works well in a container, edging a pathway or in a raised bed.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves and flowers to flavour soups, stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 70 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H1c

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Patio container, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From April to September