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Thymus serpyllum

Creeping Thyme

Mother Of Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Wild Thyme, Culinary Thyme
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Thymus serpyllum
Principal Common Name Creeping Thyme
Common Name(s) Mother of Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Wild Thyme, Culinary Thyme
Synonym Thymus praecox articus, Thymus druceii, Thymus angustifolius
Description Low growing thyme with roundish leaves and purplish flowers. Fragrant. Leaves can be used in seasoning and for potpourri.
General Comments Most thymes grown in American gardens appear to be of confused identity and often are erroneously named. True T. serpyllum is rarely grown in the U. S. and much material offered as such represents other species.
Origin
Nativity Northwestern Europe
Height Range 2 - 3 FT
Spread Range 2 - 3 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 3a : 3b : 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Green : Light Green
Leaf Texture Fine : Fragrant
Form Groundcover : Subshrub
Flower Color Lavender : Pink : Pinkish Purple : Red : White
Flower Time Summer
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Light Shade
Soil Preferences Loose : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : Sparse
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Container Plant : Drought tolerant : Edible : Evergreen : Flavor : Foliage : Fragrance : Poor Soil tolerant

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