Woolly thyme

Thymus pseudolanuginosus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus)
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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.

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 Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Herbs

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