Creeping Thyme , Breckland Thyme Thymus serpyllum

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Botanical Name:

Thymus serpyllum







Common Name:

Creeping Thyme , Breckland Thyme

3-6 inches
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  • Thymus serpyllum

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil and keep moist.
In a Nutshell:
* Thymus serpyllum, known by the common names of Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to most of Europe and North Africa.
* It is a low, usually prostrate subshrub growing to 2 cm (1 in) tall with creeping stems up to 10 cm (4 in) long. The oval evergreen leaves are 3–8 mm long.
* The strongly scented flowers are either lilac, pink-purple, magenta, or a rare white, all 4–6 mm long and produced in clusters.
* The hardy plant tolerates some pedestrian traffic and produces odors ranging from heavily herbal to lightly lemon.
* Creeping and mounding variants of T. serpyllum are used as border plants and ground cover around gardens and stone paths. It may also be used to replace a bluegrass lawn to xeriscape low to moderate foot traffic areas due to its tolerance for low water and poor soils.
* Works well in the rock garden or between flagstones in a walkway. It can also be used as a lawn. Takes well to mowing and traffic. Use 1 lb. per 40,000 sq feet for lawn.
* Wild thyme is native to the palearctic zone of Europe and Asia. It is a plant of thin soils and can be found growing on sandy-soiled heaths, rocky outcrops, hills, banks, roadsides and riverside sand banks. more...