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Thymus serpyllum
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Zones A2, A3, 1-24, 28-43
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Thymus serpyllum

Woolly Thyme
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Ground covers, Herbs, Perennials

THYMUS

Diminutive Mediterranean members of the mint family with tiny, usually heavily scented leaves and masses of little flowers in whorls. Well suited to an herb garden or rock garden; prostrate, mat-forming types make good small-space groundcovers. Attractive to bees. Botanical names are constantly undergoing revision and often confusing.

Thymus serpyllum

Sometimes sold as T. praecox arcticus ‘Pseudolanuginosus’. Forms a flat to undulating mat 2–3 in. high and 3 ft. wide. Stems are densely clothed with elliptical, woolly gray leaves. Blooms seldom and sparsely; when it does, produces pinkish flowers in leaf joints in midsummer. Becomes slightly rangy in winter. Use in rock crevices, between steppingstones, spilling over a bank or raised bed, or covering small patches of ground.

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