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Thymus serpyllum is often confused with:
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Yucca gloriosa Plant in bloom
Yucca rostrata Asparagales Yucca rostrata
Ilex crenata Ilex crenata

Mother of Thyme Thymus serpyllum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Mother of Thyme:

Phonetic Spelling
THY-mus ser-PIE-lum
Description

Creeping thyme is a low growing perennial herb from northern Europe. It is not the herb used in cooking although its leaves are aromatic. Tiny 2-lipped tubular flowers appear in summer and are attractive to bees. This plant will eventually spread by rooting at the leaf nodes over a 12-18 inch area.

It is best grown in sandy or rocky soils that have very good drainage in full sun. Use between stepping stones or in a rock or crevice garden.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Backyard Patio
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Elfin'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#cpp
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Elfin'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thymus
    Species:
    serpyllum
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Host plant to the common blue butterfly and the large blue butterfly.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 4 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 3 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Schizocarp
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a dry, four-chambered schizocarp
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny 2-lipped pinkish-purple flowers in clusters. Blooms June-Sept.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Tiny 1/4 inch blue-green leaves are oval, glossy, hairy and nearly stemless.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies