Thyme - Creeping (Thymus serpyllum) Creeping Thyme Aromatic Open Pollinated Ground Cover Herb
Height up to 6 in
Creeping Thyme, also known as Breckland thyme, Breckland wild thyme, wild thyme, or elfin thyme, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, and is native to most of Europe and North Africa. Creeping Thyme has a distinctly creeping habit, and the basic difference between Garden Thyme and Creeping Thyme is that some are grown for culinary use and others are used primarily in landscaping. Both types are edible, but creeping thymes are deemed highly valuable as ground covers. May be lightly mowed from time to time to keep plants low and encourage a second flush of flowers.
Creeping Thyme is an herb; this variety is an evergreen mat-forming sub shrub; bears linear to elliptic to oval mid green colored leaves that appear as pairs along the finely hairy and trailing stems; whorls of densely packed heads of two lipped pinky - purple flowers bloom in summer. Bees are especially fond of the thyme blossoms, as they will extract loads of honey. The flowering parts of the plant are used to make medicine for breathing problems including cough, bronchitis, and swollen airways; they also take it for kidney and bladder disorders, to improve blood circulation, to lower bad cholesterol, and to treat intestinal gas and colic.
Creeping Thyme is more thickset than Garden Thyme, and is by far the most widespread and abundant of the thyme species. Walk across an area where this is planted in summer, and you will be amazed at its wonderful heady fragrance. Often forming mats low to the ground, Creeping Thyme can also be found growing in short-turfed pastures and thrives in meadows, and on cliffs, walls and rocky places. Excellent for pathways and in between patio stones. Flowers from June to September.
- Full sun ( min 4 hours)
- grows on any soil, but prefers light, sandy or gravel ground
- Start seeds indoors about weeks prior to last frost, in organic potting soil, either in trays or 2 in containers. Sprinkle seeds on top of the soil or covered lightly to a depth of 1/16 of an inch at most, and maintain consistent moisture for germination. Thin to 2 to 3 seedlings per container. Transplant out after all risk of frost has passed and soil begins to warm
- OR direct sow late May through June.
- Ideal soil temperature for germination: 15-21°C (60-70°F)
- Cut when in full flower in July and August, and dry in the same manner as Common Thyme.
- Seed Count: 50