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Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’
Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’
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Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’

Creeping Thyme

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.515.140

There are a great many selections of Thyme grown in gardens, all of them with some degree of spicy fragrance. This is a very low, bun or tuft-forming variety. Foliage is grey-green, smothered by soft-pink flowers in early summer. A slower growing form, but still excellent as a drought-tolerant lawn substitute or for planting between flagstones and in the rock garden. Creeping Thyme is easily divided in spring or early fall, and even small pieces will take root and grow. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen.

Further details for
Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Light Pink
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
   1-2 cm
   0-1 inches
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate