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Thymus praecox

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THY-mus PRAY-koks
Description

Creeping thyme is pollinated by insects, including honey bees which are especially attracted to the nectar-rich flowers.  It will tolerate light foot traffic and releases a fragrance with footfalls, making it a good selection for placing between stepping stones on paths.  

Its oil from the leaves can serve as an antiseptic, deodorant or disinfectant.  The oil can be taken while the plant is fresh or dried.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  It may be affected by root rot when planted in areas with poor drainage.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Rock Herb Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Splendens'
'Splendens'
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#nectar plant#lawn alternative#air pollution tolerant#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#pollinator plant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#foot traffic tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Splendens'
'Splendens'
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#nectar plant#lawn alternative#air pollution tolerant#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#pollinator plant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#foot traffic tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thymus
    Species:
    praecox
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern, western, and central Europe.
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar from flowers attracts bees. and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Edibility:
    Leaves can be used to flavor food.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny flowers appear in clusters.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are evergreen.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Foot Traffic