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Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone


True Elfin Thyme

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.515.160


A very slow-growing selection of Thyme, this is the true form of ‘Elfin’ from the United Kingdom. If makes a very tight bun-shaped hummock or cushion of tiny dark-green leaves, studded with little soft-mauve flowers in early summer. Perfect in an alpine trough or rock garden. This is a plant that demands to be touched because it looks so unusual. We first saw this while visiting a nursery in Wales, and realized that it differed from the clone of ‘Elfin’ being widely grown here in North America. Plants are slower growing with more of a humped or cushion shape and the flowers are sparse. Evergreen.

Further details for
Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone

Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Dry
Care Level
  Easy
Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Mauve/Lilac
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Containers
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Evergreen
  Fragrant
Flower Head Size
  Very Small
Height
   5-8 cm
   2-3 inches
Spread
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches
Foot Traffic
   Moderate

Growth Rate
   Slow












Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone


True Elfin Thyme

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.515.160


A very slow-growing selection of Thyme, this is the true form of ‘Elfin’ from the United Kingdom. If makes a very tight bun-shaped hummock or cushion of tiny dark-green leaves, studded with little soft-mauve flowers in early summer. Perfect in an alpine trough or rock garden. This is a plant that demands to be touched because it looks so unusual. We first saw this while visiting a nursery in Wales, and realized that it differed from the clone of ‘Elfin’ being widely grown here in North America. Plants are slower growing with more of a humped or cushion shape and the flowers are sparse. Evergreen.

Further details for
Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone

Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Dry
Care Level
  Easy
Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Mauve/Lilac
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Containers
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Evergreen
  Fragrant
Flower Head Size
  Very Small
Height
   5-8 cm
   2-3 inches
Spread
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches
Foot Traffic
   Moderate

Growth Rate
   Slow