General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-6 inches
Plant Spread: 6-12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Pubescent blue-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Thyme
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Thymus praecox
  • Synonym: Thymus serpyllum subsp. praecox

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Location: Bayerische Alpen
Date: 2018-07-24
Location: Bayerische Alpen
Date: 2018-07-24
Location: Bayerische Alpen
Date: 2018-08-01

Credit: Tigerente | Own work
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens 
Date: 2011-09-28

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Location: Elizabethan Gardens, Dare County, North Carolina | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-12
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 3:34 AM concerning plant:
    "Thymus praecox is a species of thyme. A common name is Mother-of-Thyme; "creeping thyme" and "wild thyme" may be used where Thymus serpyllum, normally called thus, is not found. It is native to central southern, and western Europe.

    Thymus praecox is cultivated as an ornamental plant, used as an evergreen groundcover in gardens and pots. When maintained at a lower height it is used between paving stones in patios and walkways. It is drought tolerant when established.

    This thyme species (and Thymus serpyllum) has escaped cultivation in North America, and is a weed or invasive species in some habitats in the United States."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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