Thyme (Thymus praecox) in the Thymes Database

Botanical names:
Thymus praecox Accepted
Thymus serpyllum subsp. praecox Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects


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By Emma on March 13, 2013

When ATP forum moderator Lynn Smith (valleylynn) asked me to write this article, she commented in her typically enthusiastic way that a visit to our nursery had transformed her thinking about gardening with Sempervivums. At Wild Ginger Farm, we specialize in alpine and rock garden plants and feature Sempervivums in our naturalistic display gardens. Written by Emma Elliot of Wild Ginger Farms.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 3:34 AM

"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."

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