Mother of thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'

Thymus serpyllum
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
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Mother of thyme (Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz')
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Synonyms:  T. praecox 'Pink Chintz'
Genus:  Thymus
One of the first thymes to flower each year, this charming and reliable cultivar bursts into bloom in early spring with unique salmon-pink flowers. Its fuzzy olive-green foliage forms a mat 1 to 2 inches tall and 18 inches wide. It is one of the most tolerant of thymes of dry conditions, but grows robustly with plenty of water.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  'Pink Chintz' thrives in any dry, well-drained spot. Patios, walks, rock gardens, stone walls, and pond borders all benefit from its creeping, cascading habit. It spills gracefully over stone walls and is excellent between pavers where occasional foot traffic releases its distinct aroma. Thymes are well-loved by bees and butterflies.
Care:  Provide well-drained, average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. In early spring, shear to one-half inch and, later, lightly trim back after flowering.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or fall.
Problems:  Gray mold, root rot.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden,
Herb Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Herbs

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