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Elfin Thyme Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'

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TY-muss ser-PIE-lum
Description

Elfin Thyme is a miniature cultivar grown primarily as an ornamental groundcover, not as a culinary herb. It grows only 1-3 inches high and spreads to 1 to 1.5 feet. Preference is for full sun in sandy loam or rocky soils with good drainage. Tiny tubular pink flowers appear in summer that attract pollinators. Prune as needed to reduce an overabundance of woody stems.

Use this plant to cascade over walls, between stepping stones, for edging, in containers or rock gardens. It will tolerate light foot traffic.

More information on Thymus serpyllum.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#drought tolerant#low growing#purple flowers#fragrant leaves#edging#spreading#groundcover#rock gardens#pollinator plant#stepping stones#poor soils tolerant#rock walls
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#low growing#purple flowers#fragrant leaves#edging#spreading#groundcover#rock gardens#pollinator plant#stepping stones#poor soils tolerant#rock walls
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thymus
    Species:
    serpyllum
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia, Africa
    Edibility:
    Leaves are usable as a flavoring in cooking
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 1 in. - 0 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny lavender-pink 4-petaled tubular flowers appear in summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Orbicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Tiny oval to round leaves are pubescent and slightly fragrant.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Woody stems with hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Pollinators