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Water Wise Plants

Thymus pseudolanuginosus

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Common Name
Wooly Thyme
Plant Type
Mature Size
1–3 in. high, spreading
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
Flower Color
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Design use: Walkable groundcover, takes light foot traffic, good around stone paths and small areas, and does not require mowing. Grows into a mat and can be used as a lawn substitute.

Wooly Thyme is a gray-green, fuzzy-leafed evergreen European native. It has small pink flowers which bloom in the summer. It is low maintenance, drought tolerant, and takes little to no fertilizer, compost in spring if needed.

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