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Woolly Thyme (Ornamental)

Woolly Thyme

Woolly Thyme

Woolly Thyme

Woolly Thyme

If you tread on Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), not only will it not mind, it will reward you with a pleasant fragrance. This woody, creeping thyme is commonly used for groundcover, but also has medicinal uses. Its Latin name means “false-wool” as the plant has a dense, woolly appearance and texture that entices people to touch. Its mat-like growth spreads to 12 inches wide, but only about a half-inch tall.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 5.8 to 7.5

Hardiness Zones

  • Hardy in zones 5 to 8


  • Plant 12 inches apart


  • Do not over-water
  • Water only when to 3 inches of soil is dry


  • Low and spreading, 3 to 4 inches tall by 12 to 18 inches wide
  • Attracts butterflies, deer resistant
  • Tiny, elliptical gray leaves with pink flowers
  • Great for groundcover around paths and driveways

Do you grow Woolly thyme? Does it thrive in your climate? Please tell us about your Woolly thyme.


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