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Mother of thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'

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Thymus serpyllum

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.

CareProvide 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.

PropagationDivide in spring or fall.

ProblemsGray mold, root rot.

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