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Creeping thyme

Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus

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Creeping thyme is a plant which belongs to the Thymus genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (praecox) means 'early flowering'.

Aromatic ground cover thyme. This gorgeous creeping herb makes great ground covers in small spaces. Use creeping thyme as scented, soft carpets for garden paths, or as fillers between pavers or stepping stones. While it is somewhat aromatic, not particularly useful as a culinary herb. Zones 5-9. Start early indoors.

It is a flowering semi-edible ornamental / herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.96 inches (10.16 cm). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

As Creeping thyme is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Creeping thyme have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Creeping thyme

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

Once established thyme needs very little water and no fertilization.1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Creeping thyme is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Creeping thyme to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Creeping thyme from seed

Start early Indoors

Transplanting Creeping thyme

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Creeping thyme is a very hardy plant.

How long does Creeping thyme take to grow?

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Other names for Creeping thyme

Mother of thyme

Thymus arcticus, Thymus britannicus, Thymus britoniensis, Thymus drucei

Misspellings: thyme - creeping, Thymus praecox arcticus

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