Thymus Red Creeping

Thymus (Thyme) TY-muss

Red Creeping:  Red Creeping Thyme is a drought-tolerant, sun-loving, herbaceous perennial belonging to the mint family. Although it appears delicate, this thyme adapts well to a range of well-draining environments and even tolerates light foot traffic. These attributes make it a low-maintenance and beginner-friendly plant. Hardy to Zones 4-9, red creeping thyme remains evergreen in milder regions and the foliage takes on a bronzed hue in autumn.

Full to Part Sun

Height: 3-6″/Spread: 8-10″

Summer

Size Available: 1801

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Description

Thymus (Thyme) TY-muss

The genus, Thymus, is a member of the Lamiaceae or Mint family and has about 350 different species of perennial herbaceous plants and evergreen shrubs. The species has various sizes and growth habits. Thyme has been cultivated for centuries as an ornamental or for culinary use. They are native to Greenland, the temperate and subtropical areas of Euroasia and Northeast Tropical Africa.

Common Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is often used in cooking to flavor soups, stews, sauces and meats. Different species have a variety of flavors and fragrances that include caraway, lemon, nutmeg, orange and oregano. Some species, such as Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum), are used primarily as groundcovers. Other species, such as Wooly Thyme (Thymus praecox), may be used as lawn substitutes. The essential oils of the thyme leaves have been used to make perfumes, antiseptics, expectorants and deodorants.