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Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 3 - 6 Inches
  • Width 8 - 10 Inches
  • Growing Zones 5-10

Magenta pink/red flowers...Check! Fragrant foliage...Check! Steppable...Check! Great ground cover...Check! Want a perennial ground cover that checks all the boxes? You have to try Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme in your garden this spring! What’s not to love about a plant that looks this great, smells this good and that grows where other plants typically won’t last a day? How about as a river of lava flowing down a dry creek bed, or the saving grace on an eroded hillside, or between pavers on the walkway into your garden...these are just a few places that you can plant Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme where nothing else will work!

Creeping Thyme is native to Europe and has naturalized in much of the United States. Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme is hardy in Zones 5 to 10, growing as a semi-evergreen. It has a wide variety of uses in the landscape as it is drought tolerant, salt tolerant and creates an impressive display of color wherever it is planted. Rock gardens are great places to plant Red Creeping Thyme, but they look equally as lovely when planted as ground cover under a plant that likes to have cool root zones. As a member of the mint family, Creeping Thyme will slowly spread via stems that spread out from the center of the plant and then root where they touch the soil. Be sure to give it room to spread without becoming a nuisance.

Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme Care

Categorized as an easy care perennial, Creeping Thyme will not require much from you once you plant it out in the spring. It prefers full sun, but will tolerate some light afternoon shade. Growing in poor, average or fertile, well draining soil, it tolerates even an alkaline soil pH. Although it tolerates some drought, it does prefer an average watering schedule so water when natural rainfall is less than one inch per week or when it appears dry. Fertilizing is typically not needed, but if your soil is remarkably poor, work some well composted organic matter into the soil prior to planting.

Deadheading is not necessary as this plant will spread and create more blooms along the stems as it goes. Pruning, on the other hand, may be necessary to keep the plant where you want it to grow. If it interferes with other plants, trim back the spreading stems, remembering that they take root where they touch the ground. If your thyme becomes woody, you may want to trim it back to rejuvenate the plant. It will send out new fresh growth to replace what you remove.

Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme Spacing

Spacing creeping thyme is going to depend on what your eventual plans for it are. If you are using it as a ground cover and want it to spread throughout an area, space it 8 to 10 inches apart. It will grow to about 6 inches tall and spread out up to 10 inches wide. If you are just wanting a solitary patch of it in your garden bed, you may want to give it a little more room from other perennials so that it can spread out and you can maintain it in the size you want it to remain. Mulching around your plant with a good quality mulch will help to control the unwanted growth. Whether you plant this as a living dry creek bed, as a steppable between stones, in a rock garden, or as a lawn replacement in a space you prefer not to mow, you will fall for the beautiful dark pink/red flowers and fragrance of Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme.

Coccineus Red Creeping Thyme Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-10
Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Height: 3 - 6 Inches
Mature Width: 8 - 10 Inches
Plant Spacing: 8 - 10 Inches
Growth Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Pink, Red
Flower Shade: Magenta-Red
Seasonal Interest: Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green
Attracts: Butterflies
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Deadheading Not Necessary, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Container Edging Plant Groundcover Landscape
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Thymus praecox
SKU:
THYCO

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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