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Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (Mother of thyme, Wild thyme, Serpolet)

Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' Thymus serpyllum Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' TY-mus sir-FIL-lum Common Name: Mother of thyme, Wild thyme, Serpolet Synonyms: T. praecox 'Pink Chintz', T. praecox ssp. articus '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.
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 Spring
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden, Rock Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Herbs

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