Long Flower Thyme
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,” says Oberon to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upright or creeping, these aromatic culinary and ornamental herbs form luscious mats of ground cover or sprite-sized shrubs, embellished with miniature flowers in whites, purples and pinks. Sprinkled throughout the herb garden, or around stepping stones or bricks, Thymes love sun and well-drained soil, and can even tolerate a dose of wind and salt spray.
Endemic to the mountains of Spain’s Andalusia region, this rarely offered perennial subshrub has merit galore. The tough-as-nails, ultrafine habit hosts compact, slender grayish green foliage with a heady aroma and a show-stopping summer-long floral display. Loved by honey-bees and other pollinators, unique purplish pink flowers are composed of scale-like bracts arranged in rose-colored cones, sprouting an artful array of long tubular blooms. Thymus longiflorus is a comely, low-growing evergreen that detests water-logged sites, endures extreme heat as well as drought and makes a savory seasoning plus embodies antibacterial properties.
Size: 8" – 12" high x 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Thymus ‘Doone Valley’
- Thymus ‘Latavin Lucy’
- Thymus leuchotrichus
- Thymus neiceffii
- Thymus pannonicus
- Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’
- Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus ‘Albus’
- Thymus praecox ‘Pseudolanuginosus’
- Thymus pulegioides ‘Archer’s Gold’
- Thymus quinquecostatus
- Thymus ‘Rose Williams’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Doretta Klaber’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Minor’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Victor Reiter’
- Thymus vulgaris ‘Passion Pink’