Red Creeping Thyme plants are beautiful plants that are planted as attractive ornamental plants, tasty culinary herbs, medicinal plants, ground covering plants, place fillers, and lovely container plants. Thyme plants are especially popular in dishes that include different rices and vegetables, and meats such as chicken, fish, or pork. They also attract bees, birds, and butterflies along with wildlife.
Common Name: Red Creeping Thyme/Creeping Thyme/Thyme
Scientific Name: Thymus Praecox Coccineus,
Scientific Background: This plant is in the family of Lamiaceae and in the genus of Thymus. The oils of this plant also act as a mosquito repellent.
Blooms/Foliage: Red Creeping Thyme has a lovely foliage that creates a beautiful ground covering. The foliage is made of small green leaves that grow from lovely red stems. The flowers produced from this plant are a delicate pink. These properties of this plant are what make it so popular and loved by gardeners from all over the world.
Hardiness Zones: This thyme plant is native to Europe where it is in temperate climates. It has many U.S. growing areas which include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Main, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Growth Habit: This thyme plant can grow to heights of 2″-5″ and up to 2′-4′ wide spreading across the planting area with bright red stems.
Exposure: Thyme plants enjoy being planted in areas of a garden where it receives full sunlight.
Water: Planters should water their thyme regularly but be sure not to over water.
Spread: Allow 18″-24″ of space in between each thyme plant.
Soil: Red Creeping Thyme plants should be planted in soils that range from neutral to mildly alkaline.
Potential Handling Dangers: Thyme leaves or the oils extracted from thyme may cause skin irritation to those who come into contact with it but for those who are allergic to other herbs, thyme may cause worse side effects.
Potential Plant Dangers: Diseases that threaten your thyme plant include botrytis rot, Rhizoctonia, and others. Spider mites are also threats to your thyme plants.
Helpful Tips: Planting Mint, Rosemary, Basil, and Oregano also aids in the growth of thyme plants. To encourage dense growth, trim the plant back occasionally. If you plant this plant in cold climates, be sure to mulch your plants to protect them from harsh temperatures. This plant can survive average traffic through gardens and other planting areas and is also suitable for xeriscaping.