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Wooly Thyme

Thymus pseudolanuginosis

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Wooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosis) at Moana Nursery

Wooly Thyme flowers

Wooly Thyme flowers

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Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  3 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Description:

Tiny, woolly, gray leaves form a dense mat. Small, pinkish flowers bloom in clumps. Tolerates drought and light foot traffic.

Ornamental Features

Wooly Thyme is smothered in stunning shell pink flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive tiny tomentose round leaves remain olive green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wooly Thyme is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Wooly Thyme is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Wooly Thyme will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Herb 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.