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Thymus Coccineus Group (Creeping Thyme)

Creeping Thyme Coccineus Group, Wild Thyme Coccineus Group, Red Creeping Thyme


Thymus Coccineus Group (Creeping Thyme) includes dwarf, aromatic sub-shrubs forming a showy carpet of tiny, glossy, blue-green leaves. Blooming profusely in early to mid summer, it features clusters of small, deep pink, tubular flowers. Rich in nectar, they attract butterflies. Although the leaves are aromatic, they are rarely used in cooking. A lovely groundcover for small areas. The Coccineus Group is often also listed as Thymus praecox 'Coccineus or Thymus praecox subsp. arcticus. Evergreen in mild winters.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 2-3 in. tall (5-7 cm) and will spread over time by rooting stems to 12 in. (30 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in moderately fertile, average to dry, alkaline to neutral, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant.
  • Excellent ground cover or filler between stepping stones, where it releases its fragrance when trodden on. Provides an interesting texture to pathways. Perfect for edging, it also adds character to rock gardens where it will beautifully sprawl over small rocks. Great for containers too!
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant
  • Cut back as necessary to maintain plant appearance.
  • Propagate by division in spring. Semi-hardwood cuttings may be taken in mid- to late-summer although some bottom heat may be required

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymus - Thymes
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymus - Thymes
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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