Herb, Wild Thyme. Thymus praecox

Herb, Wild Thyme. Thymus praecox

Herb, Wild Thyme (creeping thyme) Thymus praecox

Thymus praecox is a species of thyme. A common name is Mother-of-Thyme; “creeping thyme” and “wild thyme” may be used where Thymus serpyllum, normally called thus, is not found. It is native to central southern, and western Europe.

It’s hard to think of a more, well behaved ground cover than creeping thyme

All of the thymes are relatively low growing creepers, but many seem to die out quickly. Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’ remains attractive, with soft, gray-green foliage that forms a slow spreading, tightly matted mound. This is a perfect plant for between pavers and if you have the patience, it makes a nice lawn alternative. The lavender-pink flowers bloom in early summer and attract bees and butterflies.

There are a great many selections of Thyme grown in gardens, all of them with some degree of spicy fragrance. This flat-growing Thyme features fragrant dark green leaves, smothered by bright magenta-red flowers in early summer. A strong grower, ideal as a drought-tolerant lawn substitute or for planting between flagstones, tolerating moderate traffic. Creeping Thyme is easily divided in spring or early fall, and even small pieces will take root and grow. Evergreen.

Packet app. 30 seeds. $3.00


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