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Thymus praecox arcticus

  • Common Name
    Creeping Thyme
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Ground Cover
  • Size
    3" x 3'
  • Flower Color
    Purplish-White
  • Bloom Time
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Tiny Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Semi-hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Fragrance
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Creeping Thyme has very green, almost succulent leaves and pinkish-purple flowers that bloom for about 3 -4 weeks in summer. Thyme flowers and leaves are very aromatic and the leaves can be used for cooking purposes. It can absorb some light foot traffic but is best planted where it will not be disturbed. It grows fast so it makes a good ground cover.

    Plant in a sunny part of the garden with very good drainage (can take light shade but does best in full sun). Plant at the same level as it was in the container. Thyme is very shallow rooted, especially when first transplanted.  Keep fairly moist until established  afterwhich water can be reduced to periodic watering in the summer months. Mulch around each plant to ensure better moisture retention. Cut back when the branches become woody for more robust and attractive growth.

    Thyme has no serious pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    T. praecox arcticus ' Annie Hall' - rose pink flower clusters

    T. praecox arcticus 'Fulney Red' - red flowers