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PlantFiles: Woolly Thyme
Thymus pseudolanuginosus

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: pseudolanuginosus (soo-doh-lan-oo-gin-OH-sus) (Info)

Synonym:Thymus serpyllum var. lanuginosus
Synonym:Thymus praecox

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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14 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kooger On Jun 20, 2013, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted six sad-looking, clearance-end-of-the-season plants along the edge of my driveway bed. There is a concrete wall about a foot high. One didn't make it through the first winter but the others did I loved them so I added six more in much better condition. Two winters now and they all look great. I love how it drapes over the concrete wall. Most are 1.5-2 feet in diameter.

Positive Erutuon On Apr 12, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Last summer I planted this in a place where it gets shaded by sunflowers, so it grew thin and spindly. But I buried some stems and got them to root. Despite its spindliness, the plant survived the winter, and this spring I moved some of the rooted stems to better locations.

Positive anelson77 On May 13, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Good ground cover for poor dry soil, sun. Looks sweet spilling over patios and walls. Grows moderately fast.

Positive soive2000 On Sep 22, 2008, soive2000 from Austin, TX wrote:

This is my first year planting thyme in general, which included wooly, elfin, lemon, lime, pink chintz and I think a couple of others. The wooly is the most hardy so far from what I can tell. The elfin comes in second. I planted these to grow some ground cover after I dug out the entire front yard of weeds.
I have many more to plant, but I am very happy with the results. I adore the scents I get and the lovely look to the plant. I have planted it from full sun to partial shade doing well in all of these. I did lose some when I first planted them, but I figured as a beginner gardener I did alright for myself. I am sated with my decision to plant them so far.

Negative momcat_one On Jul 5, 2008, momcat_one from Wappingers Falls, NY wrote:

I fell in love with these at the nursery. We planted them on the top of a sloped area, mostly shady. A few days later we got a 3" rainstorm, and now it looks like it is dead. I'm waiting a while longer t see if it recovers. But if you can't plant it high on the hill, where it can't drown, how could it?

Positive janecarol2 On Jun 5, 2008, janecarol2 from Fort Jennings, OH wrote:

I planted woolly thyme in a trough. It overwintered outside very well in my Z5 garden without any protection. It did have a little die back though. So soft and fuzzy.

Positive MissFabulous On May 17, 2008, MissFabulous from Dunkirk, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a great spreading groundcover, but I've had mine in for about four years and it's never bloomed. It's spread out to over 2' in diameter from a little tiny plant, though!

Positive jonaflatooni On Dec 23, 2007, jonaflatooni from Port Orchard, WA wrote:

Great plant. Drought tolerant, fast spreader, nice pink flowers, easy to propogate by division of clumps, pleasant feel to the touch, can take moderate traffic.

Great for inbetween rocks, flagstones, etc. A good option to replace a lawn area. You can remove the lawn, position several large rocks and allow the wholly thyme to cover the entire surface area and waterfall over the rocks.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the nicest feeling plant to pet. It spreads well and is easy to take starts of. In the winter it gets a purplish tint.

Positive Weezingreens On Oct 2, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I added this little fellow to one of my raised bed, situating it on the edge of the rocked border. It has climbed over the rock to bask in the sun and appears quite happy. I mulch this bed with straw, then cover with plastic after the first freeze, and my woolly thyme has returned for the last four seasons.

Positive Badger4077 On Jul 13, 2005, Badger4077 from Victoria
Canada wrote:

Wonderful a landscaper, have used this plant as a filler, groundcover and has done really well on greenroofs as well.

Positive prydain55 On May 4, 2005, prydain55 from Reno, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted a large amount of wooly thyme last year and it survived well through one of the harshest winters I've ever seen in Reno. It is coming back with vigor except for one spot where there has been abused by lots of foot traffic. It also tolerates two dogs who have decided to make it their bathroom though I wish they would stop.

Positive CatskillKarma On Aug 9, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

I've loved this plant for over 50 years! I have lost it over the winter many times in my mother's 5b garden in Connecticut, but it has withstood the past three very harsh winters in my zone 4b rock garden on an exposed mountain slope in the Catskill mountains. It does not bloom for me, but flowers are sort of beside the point. The small woolly fragrant leaves are enough for me!

Positive BingsBell On Aug 9, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

A hardy little plant. I started two tiny plugs three years ago in my raised bed. I knew when we finished putting in the stepping stones I would want some to plant between them. They gave me an abundance of plants to use and they are wonderful.

Positive willynilly On Aug 8, 2004, willynilly from Berkeley, CA wrote:

I planted a six-pack of small woolly thyme plants between flagstones about 3 months ago (April-ish) in Berkeley, CA. Full sun, not so great soil. They've spread to 5-6" each and have bloomed in pink, fat spikes of flowers. Once they became established, they haven't seemed to need much water. They also seem able to take a bit of abuse (hose dragging and trampling). We'll see how they do as we move to fall/winter, but so far, so good.

Neutral lupinelover On Apr 26, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The classic heart-breaker. In areas with hot, humid summer plant typically rots quickly. Light afternoon shade helps. Planting on slope also helps. Planting beneath or above stepping stones also helps. Continual layering also helps: every 2-3 inches peg a stem to the ground to enable it to form its own roots. Plant seems to do better with many rootlets.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Berkeley, California
Frazier Park, California
Northridge, California
Penn Valley, California
Pittsburg, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
Stockton, California
Sunnyvale, California
Delta, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Wichita, Kansas
Melbourne, Kentucky
Madison Heights, Michigan
Marshall, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
White Pigeon, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marietta, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Billings, Montana
Reno, Nevada
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Alden, New York
Dunkirk, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
West Kill, New York
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Fort Jennings, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)
Essex Junction, Vermont
Linden, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Oostburg, Wisconsin

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