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Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone
Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone
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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.

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Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ True UK clone

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
   5-8 cm
   2-3 inches
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate