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Creeping Thyme

Thymus serpyllum

Also known as

Wild Thyme, Breckland Thyme, Mother Of Thyme, Breckland-Garden, Hillwort, Lemon Thyme, Penny Mountain, Thyme, Creeping red thyme

Thymus serpyllum kz1 by Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Creeping Thyme

A close up of some pink Thymus serpyllum flowers
A close up of some pink Thymus serpyllum flowers
Some Thymus serpyllum in flower
Some purple flowers on a Thymus serpyllum plant
A close up of some Thymus serpyllum in full flower with some green leaves

Creeping Thyme Overview

Easy to grow, edible perennial, commonly known as Creeping Thyme. Thymus serpyllum is ideal to plant as ground cover and along pathways. The flowers are a nice decorative feature in the garden and the leaves are edible, used in salads or as an ingredient in cooking.

Common problems with Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme Companion Plants

Thyme companion planting is credited with repelling cabbage worms, corn earworms, tomato hornworms and flea beetles. Cabbage, eggplant, salad burnet, potatoes and strawberries will benefit when companion planted with thyme.

How to harvest Creeping Thyme

Wild thyme is evergreen and the leaves can be harvested by hand throughout the year as needed.

How to propagate Creeping Thyme


Sow directly on the surface or slightly cover with soil.


Cuttings of young shoots, 5 - 8cm with a heel. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel.



Special features of Creeping Thyme

Attracts useful insects

Bees, Butterflies

Indoor plant

Place in an area with at least 6 hours direct sun per day.

Drought resistant

Once established needs small amounts of water to grow.

Pot plant

Use sandy, well drained soil. Water well and allow the top cm to dry out between watering.

Other uses of Creeping Thyme

Walls, rock garden, ground cover, culinary, medicinal. Summer interest.


Anticeptic properties.


The leaves can be used in cooking and teas.

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