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Thymus Coccineus Group (Thyme Coccineus Group)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.25m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Thymus Coccineus Group

Other names

Thyme Coccineus Group, Thymus 'Coccineus', Thymus coccineus, Thymus praecox 'Coccineus', Thymus serpyllum var. coccineus, Thymus serpyllum coccineus 'Minor' , Creeping thyme, Red creeping thyme, Wild thyme, hymus praecox subsp. arcticus, Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’, Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus', Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineum'

Genus

Thymus Thymus

Variety or Cultivar

Coccineus Group _ Coccineus Group are mat-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen subshrubs with finely hairy, trailing stems bearing tiny, aromatic, linear to elliptic, mid-green leaves and dense whorls of tiny, tubular, reddish-pink flowers in summer.


Thymus Coccineus Group is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (thyme).

Habit

Creeping, Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

No specific diseases

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to maintain compact habit.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Thymus Coccineus Group (Thyme Coccineus Group) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.45m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Between paving stones, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Rock, Wildlife, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun. Ideal in a rock garden or between paving stones. Dislikes waterlogged conditions. Evergreen in areas with mild winters, may be deciduous in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Thymus Coccineus Group

Other names

Thyme Coccineus Group, Thymus 'Coccineus', Thymus coccineus, Thymus praecox 'Coccineus', Thymus serpyllum var. coccineus, Thymus serpyllum coccineus 'Minor' , Creeping thyme, Red creeping thyme, Wild thyme, hymus praecox subsp. arcticus, Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’, Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineus', Thymus serpyllum 'Coccineum'

Genus

Thymus Thymus

Variety or Cultivar

Coccineus Group _ Coccineus Group are mat-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen subshrubs with finely hairy, trailing stems bearing tiny, aromatic, linear to elliptic, mid-green leaves and dense whorls of tiny, tubular, reddish-pink flowers in summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (thyme).

Habit

Creeping, Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

No specific diseases

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to maintain compact habit.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Thymus Coccineus Group (Thyme Coccineus Group) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.45m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Between paving stones, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Rock, Wildlife, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun. Ideal in a rock garden or between paving stones. Dislikes waterlogged conditions. Evergreen in areas with mild winters, may be deciduous in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Thymus Coccineus Group (Thyme Coccineus Group)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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