Teucrium maru Cat Thyme

Cat thyme in the garden.

If Kitty doesn't like Catnip, then give Cat Thyme a try. The first Cat Thyme plants we grew had to be caged to give them a chance against the wild cats. Once established they held their own. Cats don't usually eat Cat Thyme, but they do love to roll around in it and then take a nap! Check out our article on Prize Pets for other plants your kitty will love.

Cat Thyme right after pruning

Cat Thyme blooms with a fury and needs a good haircut when it is finished. This mound is about  10 inches high. It hadn't been cut back in a few years so it looks rougher than it would had it been trimmed each year.  In a few weeks it will be covered with lush new growth. Cat Thyme like many members of the Teucrium genus makes a great hedge or edging for the front of a border.

It is easy to see why the common name thyme has been applied to this plant. Each of these gray little leaves is actually covered in hairs which provide shade for this plant and help it to survive hot, arid summers.

Like Teucrium chamaedrys (Germander), the profuse bloom of Cat Thyme attracts bees. Bees as we all know are necessary for pollination of veggies and fruits and other plants you  might want to save the seeds of.

 Cat Thyme Stems

Cultural Information

Height: 1 Foot    

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 5-11

Flower Color: Pink

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Evergreen, 
Water Conserving

Uses: Fragrant, Ornamental

Organic Cat Thyme Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot

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