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Mother of thyme

Thymus serphyllum 'Annie Hall'

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‘Annie Hall’ forms a prostrate mat with small, narrow leaves and is covered with pale purple-pink flowers in late spring. Plants can grow to 10 inches tall and 18 inches wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThrives in any dry, well-drained spot. Patios, walks, rock gardens, stone walls, and pond borders all benefit from the creeping, mounding, cascading habit of thyme. It also spills gracefully over stone walls and this species is one of the best for growing between pavers. Thymes are well-loved by bees and butterflies.

CareProvide well-drained, average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. In early spring, cut back hard and, later, lightly trim back after flowering.

PropagationDivide in spring or fall. Sow seed in spring. Thymes are slow to germinate and hybridize regularly.

ProblemsGray mold, root rot

  • Genus : Thymus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Herbs
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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