Thyme, Creeping (Thymus serphyllum)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Thyme, Creeping
Thymus serphyllum

Creeping Thyme in flower
Creeping Thyme in flower
Very low growing plant with tiny leaves giving it a fine texteure. Pink or lavendar flowers in late spring and early summer. 
Full sun. Well drained soil is a must. 
  • 'Albus'- white flowers.
  • 'Coccineus'- showy red flowers.
  • 'Roseus'- Pink flowers.
Mature Height
1-3 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - July
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Root and stem rot is a problem in wet soils.
Additional Notes


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic