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)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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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.
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
Place in an area with at least 6 hours direct sun per day.
Once established needs small amounts of water to grow.
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.
The leaves can be used in cooking and teas.