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Creeping thyme

  • Lawns and Ground Covers
Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
Thymus serpyllum
  • Thymus serpyllum
  • Thymus serpyllum
  • Thymus serpyllum



Origin and description

It is mat-forming and considered an excellent groundcover, with its mounded foliage and small two-lipped pink flowers.
Cycle: Perennial.
Spacing: 30 cm or more.
Height: 10 cm.

Common name

Creeping thyme, wild thyme

Latin name (genus)

Thymus serpyllum

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: Full sun.


Sow seed indoors in March.
Stem cuttings in spring.
Divide in spring.


May be used as a ground cover, in a rock garden, or on a wall.

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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