Thyme - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by amayaalfredo
April 5, 2010
Are common thyme and creeping thyme the same thing?. What are the differences?

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010
Thyme grows primarily in two different forms; ?Creeping Thyme? which is a spreading form of thyme and ?Bush Thyme? which grows into a more upright, shrubby plant.

Thymus vulgaris is common thyme: Usually cultivars of this thyme are seen in bush form and grow 1? tall with purple flowers. Thymus praecox is creeping thyme: One of the many varieties with creeping growth habits, these make excellent ground covers, alternative lawns or pathways.

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