Thyme - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010

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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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