Botanical Name: Thymus praecox arcticus 'Purple Carpet'
Common Name: Purple Carpet Creeping Thyme  
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Water Saving Tip:

Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.

Also check valves for leaks and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Herb


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Lavender, Purple


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Patio, Walls / Fences, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: J.J. Neilson Arboretum
  • Description

  • Notes

This perennial will grow about 3" tall and 3' wide. It has small, dark green leaves with clusters of purple lavender flowers that bloom in spring and summer. Leaves are fragrant when crushed. Butterflies love this plant too. This ground cover looks great between pavers, as a lawn substitute withstanding some foot traffic.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.