2 to 3 in.
12 to 18 in.
genus native to Europe, western Asia, northern Africa
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Spicy orange thyme is a short, mat forming plant. It is grown for its long-blooming, soft pink flowers, which bloom in late spring. In addition, the leaves emit a pleasant citrus scent when rubbed or crushed. This is a good plant for a rock garden.
Spicy orange thyme has been a successful plant in one of the rock gardens at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. The fragrance of the leaves is a nice attribute.
Winter watering will help prevent dieback in areas with no persistent snow cover. Shear off spent flower stalks after flowering.