Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme ranks high among my favorite groundcovers. An edible evergreen, it controls weed pressure and attracts pollinators to the garden.


Common Name: Creeping Thyme
Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum
Family: Lamiaceae


With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators.

With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators.

Uses

  • Edible leaves
  • Erosion control
  • Honeybee forage
  • Medicinal
  • Nectary
  • Weed suppression

Medicinal Properties

  • antibacterial
  • antiseptic
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Groundcover
  • Plant Leaf Type: Evergreen
  • Layer Use: Groundcover
  • Pollination: Easily cross-pollinates to make new varieties
  • Flowering: May-August
  • Leaf Shape: elliptical
  • Height: 2-4″
  • Width: 2′

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10
  • Light: Full-part sun
  • Shade: Grows in shade but does not flower
  • Moisture: Needs adequate drainage; subject to root drowning and edema
  • pH: 6.6-7.5
  • Juglone sensitivity: unknown

Propagation

Divide into slips in spring, plant 12-24″ apart.

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