How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Red Creeping Thyme

Red creeping thyme (Thymus praecox) spreads quickly to make a lush carpet of small leaves and bright blooms! When touched or crushed, the soft green foliage releases an aromatic scent.

Red Creeping Thyme Plant Care

Red creeping thyme or Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’ is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint (Lamiaceae) family. It thrives in full sun and can withstand dry conditions.


Native to southern Europe and Turkey, red creeping thyme prefers a sunny location with at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day.


Well-draining soils with neutral to alkaline pH levels are ideal for red creeping thyme. Since this plant is susceptible to root rot from overwatering, it does best in sandy loam or rocky soils and may not do well in clay soils because it retains moisture and may waterlog.

Choose a sunny location where they can thrive. Although creeping thyme can tolerate some shade, peak flowering requires full sun i.e. 6+ hours of sunlight per day). Next, ensure that the soil drainage is great.

How to Plant and Grow Red Creeping Thyme

Red creeping thyme grows quickly and has self-seeding characteristics. Once established outside, creeping thyme reproduces by self-seeding and keeps growing and enhancing the landscape.

How to Plant Red Creeping Thyme from Seed

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