What Is Mother of Thyme?


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Mother of thyme is a low-growing ground-cover plant that has a minty aroma but is generally inappropriate for cooking. Other names for the plant include creeping thyme and wild thyme. The color of the plant’s leaves range from gold to dark green, depending on the variety.

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Mother of thyme thrives in sandy and rocky soil that drains well. The plants grow to about 3 inches tall, and a single plant spreads up to 18 inches wide. The plants require regular pruning to control growth and to keep the stems blooming. Mother of thyme plants produce small, bell-shaped flowers in the summer, and the plants survive mild winters.

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