Category: Alpines and Rock Gardens Groundcovers Herbs Perennials
Height: under 6 in. (15 cm)
Spacing: 6-9 in. (15-22 cm) 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pink Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Aromatic Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From herbaceous stem cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings By simple layering By serpentine layering
I got some this spring (2011), and it has done well in my Salem, MA garden. It has probably tripled in spread in 3-4 months. The only glitch was when I was feeding plants, and I think the liquid fertilizer burned a streak across the middle of the clump. It's just about grown back now from that.
I live in Raleigh North Carolina and bought 21-4 inch pots of Elfin Thyme to begin filling in a pathway in the family herb garden. I planted them in fertile soil at the end of April and they don't seem to be doing very well. They get full sun. Should I much around them? How much water do they need? We've had quite a bit of rain lately and is that why they are doing poorly? Just seeking advice on how to keep this plant because it has the potential to really shine in our herb garden.
On May 14, 2011, Furrcoatvg from Riverside, CA wrote:
I have a question, going to be building a patio and underneath I was going to pave it with concrete pavers and mortar it with elfin. I live in zone 10. Riverside Ca. Will it survive? It will have shade but we get hot summers.
On Feb 9, 2009, shelbsyd from Oakley, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I planted Creeping Thyme, Elfin Thyme and Wooley Thyme in my front yard in full sun, under my Gaura and Fountain Grass and it grows great. I live in the desert and it hits in the 100's quite a bit in the summer and seems to survive. I think it gets some sun protection from the Gaura, but is trailing very nicely. I give it a sprinkle of water maybe once a week when it is extremelly hot and thats' it. This plant is drought tolarant the ladybugs like it. I highly recommend it is you want a nice ground cover.
This has to be the most adorable plant I've ever seen. I bought three small pots on a whim at my local nursery, and still haven't planted them. They've been thriving for a month in those nursery pots because I have no idea what to do with them! I have no stepping stones as of yet, and I have no place in which to highlight them in the manner I'd like. Still, I'm very pleased with their easy care so far. I'll probably just pick a spot and plant within the next few days, and hope they'll spread so that I can transplant in the coming years.
On Aug 13, 2006, pinecone_ginger from Fort Walton Beach, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant has been in the pot I bought it in for a long time. It must be very tough as it has survived being knocked over and laying on its side for a week at a time. It is a little abused looking but has bloomed for the first time since I bought it. Hopefully it will look even nicer when I get around to planting it. I love the tiny leaves and low dense growth. In pots it even trails off the sides nicely
On Jul 21, 2006, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I grow several varieties of creeping thymes and this one is a pleasure. I have done nothing special. It is growing, spreading and flowering in heavy clay in zone 6a in a mixed perennial bed with sun almost all day. Has been in the ground about 18 months and it is a delight.
On Jun 16, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
grows very very flat. I would love to have more as a steppable, but I dont think I would have the heart to step on something so pretty! I am trying to start from a branch which had some roots on it. Grows well in bright non direct light. I mist it every day to keep it moist, but other than that I dont really bother it too much.
This is such an an adorable little Thyme; it is one of my favorites! It grows almost flat. I got it as a Stepable that can be walked on 3 times or more daily. My information says it is hardy in zones 4-10. It's hard to believe that something so delicate looking can be so tough!
On Apr 30, 2005, hwebber from Santa Clarita, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
We use elfin thyme as groundcover between stepping stones. We just planted a flat and it is growing rapidly and flowering--within a month of planting. We live in the hills just north of Los Angeles. It is quite warm here and the area planted is a combination of dappled shade, and full sun. I water most mornings.
On Aug 31, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
The most unusual growth style of all thymes I have encountered, it has stemlets with larger leaves at the base, tapering to tiny pointed leaflets, giving an over-all effect of an elf-hat. Not entirely procumbent, but wavy with the unusual style of growth. My clumps have not flowered in the 3 years of ownership.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Brea, California Canyon Cntry, California Merced, California Oakley, California Richmond, California Stockton, California Grand Junction, Colorado Fort Walton Beach, Florida Cordele, Georgia Marietta, Georgia North Decatur, Georgia Louisville, Kentucky Taylorsville, Kentucky Salem, Massachusetts Billings, Montana Rio Rancho, New Mexico , New York North Haven, New York North Tonawanda, New York Brevard, North Carolina Fuquay-varina, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Tulsa, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Conway, South Carolina Clinton, Tennessee Forest Hills, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Hereford, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Stinnett, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Wells, Texas Farmington, Utah Farr West, Utah Newport News, Virginia Wytheville, Virginia Dishman, Washington Kalama, Washington La Conner, Washington Seattle, Washington Great Cacapon, West Virginia Mount Horeb, Wisconsin Stoughton, Wisconsin