Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Coccineus Group') in the Thymes Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 4 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Magenta
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Suitable for miniature gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates foot traffic
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Aug 22, 2014 1:05 PM

I often find thymes to be problematic, dying out from the center after a couple years. The coccineus group has been more successful in my PNW Zone 8 garden, spreading nicely and maintaining a solid presence. As with all thymes, this one is a definite bee magnet. Likes warm, light, well drained soil that is fairly dry. Nice between stepping stones or in rockeries.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 27, 2014 3:58 PM

Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Coccineus Group') creates an attractive groundcover mat, perfect for herb gardens or rock gardens. Its pink summer-time blooms attract bees. Thyme is also a useful companion plant, attracting hover-flies, mini-wasps, and tachinid flies. These beneficial insects feed on a variety of common garden pests. Red Creeping Thyme does well in medium to dry soil in full sun.

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