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Thymus serpyllum

Creeping thyme

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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (22424)

Plant details

Creeping thyme is an evergreen subshrub that spreads to form a carpet, giving off a strong aroma when trodden on. It has tiny, finely hairy, mid-green leaves on wiry, trailing stems, and it's covered in masses of tiny purple flowers in summer. Bees love these flowers. Try planting it in crevices in paving.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Thymus

Species: serpyllum

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 45cm

Flowering period: June to August

Reader reviews


These pictures clearly show white flowers, when I've tried to buy seeds there only seems to be pink flowered seed available.

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