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Thymus 'Victor Reiter' - Victor Reiter Thyme
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [T. 'Reiter', T. 'Reiter's Red']
Parentage: (Thymus serpyllum)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Thymus 'Victor Reiter' (Reiter Creeping Thyme) - A semi-evergreen plant that forms a dense mat 2 to 6 inches tall with tiny deep green leaves. In early to mid-summer appear the rosy pink flowers that rise just above the foliage. Great as a small scale groundcover, between stepping stones or rocks or spilling over a wall. Plant in full sun in a well-drained location and irrigate little to occasionally. Hardy to around 0 F (USDA Zone 6). Thymus 'Victor Reiter' is likely a form or hybrid of Thymus serpyllum, a plant native to rocky soils in southern Europe and North Africa. It was reportedly introduced into California Horticulture by the legendary Bay Area plantsman Victor Reiter (1903-1986), who brought it from a trip to the Mediterranean region. Reiter was a founding member of the California Horticultural Society and received their prestigious Annual Award in 1968. He and his wife Carla (1922-2013) operated La Rochette Nursery in San Francisco. This plant is also grown as Thymus 'Reiter' and T. 'Reiter's Red'. Our thanks to John Bleck for introducing us to this beautiful little plant.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Thymus 'Victor Reiter'.