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Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' - Creeping Red Thyme (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Groundcovers

Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'

Creeping Red Thyme

Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' has numerous, thin, somewhat woody stems that form a flat mat with tiny, rounded, glossy blue-green leaves. Although leaves are aromatic, strength of scent varies according to season and habitat. Clusters of tiny, magenta red flowers smother the foliage in summer. In fall, the foliage tuns a beautiful bronze. Flowers are attractive to bees. Lovely between stones on a path or cascading over walls.

Creeping Red Thyme Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Loose, sandy or rocky soils with excellent drainage are best. Dislikes moist to wet soils where it tends to rot. Cut back stems as necessary to maintain plant appearance or to control growth/spread or limit unsightly woody stem growth. Plants are evergreen in mild winters.

Height:

2-4 in

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Spread:

12 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Spring
Attributes
Great Foliage
Container
Mass Planting
Edging
Rock Garden
Drought Tolerant
Focal Point
Fragrant
Border or Bed
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