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PlantFiles: Creeping Thyme, Mother of Thyme, Wild Thyme
Thymus serpyllum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thymus (TY-muss) (Info)
Species: serpyllum (ser-PIE-lum) (Info)

11 vendors have this plant for sale.

24 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BarbaraParis On Jan 20, 2012, BarbaraParis from Comerio, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

I grew some from seeds two or three months ago. They are growing well. I hope they thrive in Puerto Rico's tropical weather.

Positive anyoltime On Jan 22, 2011, anyoltime from Brandon, FL wrote:

Does well in zone 9 tampa once established.march /april is a good time to start so it can be well established to endure summer heat/humidity that we have to deal with down here. stays evergreen here to 24 degrees that i know of(the lowest its been this year). clover can be a problem tough to get out once it gets in.
dont plant next to pavement/concrete in full sun the combination is just to much.full sun is ok as long as your not close to pavement/concrete. seems to like the cool winters turns darker green. most clumps grow from 12 to 24 inches max. ive had some flowering the first summer but nothing like the seed packets show mabey more this summer.?

Positive NancyMcD On Jun 4, 2009, NancyMcD from Grand Marais, MI wrote:

This is an excellent lawn plant where grass fails to thrive due to poor, sandy soil and dry conditions. Here we get about 30" of precipitation a year, and summers can be dry. Mother-of-thyme does far better than grass in our lawn. It takes foot traffic well and smells like heaven. It mows beautifully and defeats weeds. It's easier to keep out of the garden beds than grass is, and if it does get into the beds, we dig it out and plug it into the lawn somewhere else. I highly recommend it.

Positive lmelling On Nov 19, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Wonderful little plant for rock gardens, edging and just to use as "weed control" in some areas. Beautiful purple flowers in summer. Easily divided and/or moved. Takes root easily. I use it in a variety of places. Not finicky about soil as long as drainage is good.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Delta, Colorado
Brandon, Florida
Welaka, Florida
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Melbourne, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Grand Marais, Michigan
Andover, Minnesota
Kansas City, Missouri
Protem, Missouri
Deerfield, New Hampshire
Ithaca, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Katy, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Wytheville, Virginia

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