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Thymus caespititius

Cretan thyme

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourPale pink purple, white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Thymus caespititius (Cretan thyme). This species is an evergreen, mat-forming subshrub which produces slender woody stems and tiny hairy aromatic, mid-green leaves. The small flowers are lilac or lilac-pink and are produced in late spring and late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Thyme

Origin

Spain, Portugal

Interest and use

Useful for growing on banks and in rock gardens, troughs and paving.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully to marginally frost hardy, You should plant them out from early autumn through to early spring in a sunny site with moist, well-drained soil. You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or by division.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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