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Red Creeping Thyme
Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone

Special Attributes

Red Creeping Thyme forms a a low, dense carpet of tiny, dark green and shines leaves that become smothered in brilliant crimson-lavender flowers in summer. The 2 to 3 inch high foliage is highly aromatic when crushed. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to only 2 to 3 inches in height and spreading 18 inches or more wide, Red Creeping Thyme tolerates foot traffic well so is perfect for use to fill the gaps between stepping stones and pavers or as a groundcover or underplanting for shrubs, roses, perennials and small trees, such as Japanese maples. Very nice around and growing over boulders. Flowering bulbs will pop right through it in spring. Also serves nicely as a soil cover in container gardens grown above ground. A fine addition to rock gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  12 to 18 inches for mass planting;  6-12 inches to fill gaps between stepping stones or pavers

Cultural Preferences

When planted right and in the right spot, Creeping Red Thyme is easy to grow. It grows best in light, lightly moist to dry, well-drained soil and full sun. A little shade is okay. Will tolerate rainy periods but constantly soggy or wet soil is a killer. So make sure to plant in a well-drained site. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen to Semi-Evergreen Groundcover
Height or Length at Maturity:  2"
Width at Maturity:  1-2'+
Spacing:  12-15" apart
Growth Habit / Form:  Low, Mat-Forming, Dense, Spreading/Trailing
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Crimson-Lavender
Flower Type:  Single
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Summer, Early Fall
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Berries:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Foot Traffic

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