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Thymus praecox arcticus

Creeping Thyme, Mother-Of-Thyme
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Ground covers, Herbs, Perennials


Diminutive Mediterranean members of the mint family with tiny, usually heavily scented leaves and masses of little flowers in whorls. Well suited to herb garden, rock garden; prostrate, mat-forming types make good small-space ground covers. Attractive to bees.

Thymus praecox arcticus

Variable species to 3 in. high, 3 ft. wide, with roundish dark green leaves and purplish summer flowers. Good for small areas or as filler between stepping-stones where foot traffic is light. Soft and fragrant underfoot. Leaves can be used in seasoning and in potpourris. Often incorrectly sold as T. serpyllum.

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