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THYMUS (Coccineus Group)

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Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

THYMUS( Coccineus Group)

Plant Common Name

Thyme

General Description

Comprising all cultivars of creeping thyme that have crimson flowers, hairs on two sides of the stem, and round or oval leaves, creeping red thyme is a mat-forming, evergreen culinary herb long grown in gardens. It spreads by slender creeping stems to form carpets of tiny leaves. From early- to midsummer it bears numerous rounded clusters of bright deep magenta flowers. Throughout the season its savory leaves can be harvested for cooking.

Red creeping thyme is tolerant of heat and drought and grows best in full sun and sandy, well drained, infertile soil. Cut back dead or unattractive growth in early spring. It can take light foot traffic and is an ideal subject for walls, stone patios and walkways, and flowering lawns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Herb

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1"-3" / 2.5cm - 7.6cm

  • Width

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Color

    Red, Magenta

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Edible, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes