Thyme Coccineus

 
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Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 4 to 6 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)

Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Tolerates Foot Traffic
Tolerates Foot Traffic
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 4-6" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
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This amazing plant forms a mat of tough, attractive fragrant greenery that's perfect for rock gardens, areas around walks or steps, and between stepping stones. Its famous for cascading down over retaining walls and rocks. The flowers arrive in late spring into early summer, and cover the plant totally, almost obscuring the foliage.

For something so attractive, creeping thyme is as durable and tough as most lawn grasses. Many gardeners who grow it even use it in areas where it gets light foot traffic! And it goes right on being beautiful and green, with wonderful flowers every year.

Creeping Thyme must have a fast-draining location, since this plant, like lavender, is a dry land species, making it extremely drought-tolerant.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and... Thyme is one of the most historic plants on earth. Ancient Egyptians used it in embalming. Romans loved the fragrance and planted it all over Europe. Its been claimed to be everything from a trance-inducing drug to an aphrodisiac. Today, the essential oil from thyme is still commonly used--its a major ingredient in Listerine! Best of all, of course, is Thymes heavenly fragrance. (All parts of the plant are fragrant.)

Today, various members of the large thyme tribe are used in herb gardens, of course, but also as ornamentals in flower gardens and as ground covers. Its signature foliage, usually gray-green, is highly decorative, and the plants require almost no care once they are established.

Like lavender, its a plant that begs for gritty, fast-draining soil. So mushy loam!

SKU 1THYME
Common Name Creeping Thyme
Botanical Name Thymus praecox
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 4-6" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Foliage Fuzzy tiny gray-green leaves
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Groundcover, Evergreen, Erosion Control, Plants for Small Spaces, Tolerates Foot Traffic
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsThyme Coccineus
 
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3.0

Very soft greenery

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from Panama City, FL

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Thyme Coccineus:

    This is very slow growing and has not flowered for me yet. It does better in partial shade here.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Fragrant

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    from brookville,pa

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    Pros

    • Fragrant
    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Erosion Control
      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Thyme Coccineus:

      Spread super fast between fieldstones. Smells wonderful.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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