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Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly thyme)

Thymus pseudolanuginosus Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Thymus pseudolanuginosus TY-mus soo-doe-lan-oo-gan-OH-sus Common Name: Woolly thyme Synonyms: T. lanuginosus Genus: Thymus
Woolly thyme—the wooliest of all thymes—forms a dense ground-covering mat of tiny, densely hairy leaves. The foliage has barely any fragrance and is unsuitable for culinary use. In summer, tiny pink tubular flowers appear. Plants grow to only one inch or so in height and spread to about a foot across.
Noteworthy characteristics: Woolly thyme thrives in any dry, well-drained spot. Patios, walks, rock gardens, stone walls, and pond borders all benefit from the creeping, cascading habit of woolly thyme. It also spills gracefully over stone walls and can be grown between pavers.
Care: Provide well-drained, average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. It will rot in moist soils. Cut back when needed to maintain appearance.
Propagation: Divide in spring or fall, or sow seed in spring. Thymes are slow to germinate and hybridize regularly.
Problems: Gray mold, root rot.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Waterside
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Herbs

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