February 7, 2023
Thymus serpyllum

Thymus serpyllum

Thymus serpyllum is also known as Creeping Thyme, Elfin Thyme, Mother of Thyme, Breckland Thyme, Breckland Wild Thyme, and Wild Thyme. It is from the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is native to Europe and North Africa. It is a wood-based sub-shrub it has aromatic leaves as well as flowers. It grows up to 10cm or 4in. It flowers in the summer with pinkish-purple flowers appearing in tight clusters.

Thymus serpyllum
Thymus serpyllum at St John’s Church Garden, Waterloo London

How to grow Thymus serpyllum:

Thymus serpyllum is easy to grow. Grow it in the sun. Plant it in alkaline to well-drained, neutral soil. Propagate from seed or division in springtime. You can also do semi-hardwood cuttings later in the summer.

It attracts bees and it is drought resistant. Beautiful in rock gardens as it does well growing in between rocks. Easy to maintain you can prune it back after flowering to keep its shape. It is disease-free as well as pest-free.

Thymus serpyllum
Thymus serpyllum

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