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Mother of Thyme
Thymus serpyllum 'Reiter'
Dwarf aromatic shrub primarily grown as a ground cover. Rarely used in cooking.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa
Western state native:
Blue green leaves are tiny, opposite, oval rounded, pubescent, almost sessile. Mint fragrance varies with the season and leaves are not considered of culinary quality.
Predominant flower color:
Dense inflorescences of tiny, tubular, bell shaped, two lipped, deep pink to purple flowers on erect flowering stems rising 2" to 4" tall.
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Sandy soil heaths, rocky outcrops, hills, banks, roadsides and riverside sand banks.
Used by Wildlife:
Cut back stems as necessary to maintain appearance.
Long Term Care:
Divide plants that become densely woody.
No serious insect pests
Subject to root rot in moist, poorly drained soils
Cut back stems to control unsightly woody stem growth.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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