Go Back Thyme Red Creeping

Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
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Plant Type: Perennials

A sun-loving herb valued as an ornamental ground cover. Forms a dense, flat mat of evergreen, dark green leaves that are smothered in bright magenta-red flowers from early through midsummer. In fall, the foliage turns a beautiful bronze. Lovely between stones on a path or cascading over walls.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Creeping thyme is native to hot, dry Mediterranean regions. Consequently it thrives in similar conditions in American gardens. Plant it in full sun and moderately fertile, average to dry, well-drained soil. (Keep plants watered until they are established.) Thyme benefits from occasional shearing after blooming to keep plants full and bushy. It does not need to be divided to stay healthy, but may need to be thinned out to prevent spreading.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Dark green

Plant Spread

12 in.

Good Companions

Candytuft-Evergreen (Iberis sempervirens), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum ), Pinks-Cheddar (Dianthus gratianopolitanus), Stonecrop-Blue Spruce (Sedum repestre)

Plant Height

2-4 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low water needs, Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Fragrant flowers or foliage, Edging, Container, Ground cover, Evergreen, Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Border

Bloom Time

Early to mid summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests