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THYMUS 'Doone Valley'

Image of Thymus 'Doone Valley'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

THYMUS 'Doone Valley'

Plant Common Name

Thyme

General Description

Doone Valley thyme is a mat-forming evergreen perennial grown for its ornamental and culinary value. In summer, short spikes of lavender-pink flowers with reddish buds emerge from carpets of aromatic olive-green, yellow-spotted leaves.

Native to dry grasslands of Europe and Asia, most thymes prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained neutral to alkaline soil. Cut 'Doone Valley' back hard in early spring and trim lightly after flowering to retain its compact shape. Thyme leaves may be used fresh or dried. This plant is well-suited to herb gardens and rock gardens or can be used between pavings or as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 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

    4"-7" / 10.2cm - 17.8cm

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (14)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Crimson, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Edible, Groundcover, Herb / Vegetable, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes