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Creeping Thyme
Creeping Thyme
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Thymus serpyllum. Perennial. 2-3".

Creeping Thyme forms an evergreen mat of rosy-purple flowers. Used in rock gardens, between stepping stones or as a ground cover. Bee plant. About 4000 seeds per gram. Zones 5 to 8.    

Planting Directions: Plant seeds indoors in sterile starting mix 6-8 weeks before the last frost.  Seed is very fine and should be covered just barely with finely sifted soil and pressed down.  Direct sow in the garden  2-3 weeks before last frost, or late autumn in well prepared soil that has been amended with rich compost or a general garden fertilizer.  Seeds germinate in 15-30 days with light and temperatures from 55-65˚.  Thin or transplant seedlings after last frost and plants are at least 2” tall, spacing them 12” apart.  Plant in full sun to part shade and allow soil to dry slightly between watering.  Creeping Thyme is suitable for xeriscaping.

Remarks: In the coldest climates the plants should be covered with a mulch of leaves or litter to prevent thawing and freezing.  Plants should be carefully weeded until they are well established.  Avoid heavy wet soil.

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