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Thymus Serpyllum is a sub-shrub – also known as Wild Thyme or Creeping Thyme.

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Characteristics of Thymus Serpyllum or Creeping Thyme

– Thymus serpyllum is a sub shrub which is also known as Wild Thyme or Creeping Thyme.
– This belongs to species of thyme and to family Lamiaceae and is a native of Europe and North Africa.
– This sub shrub can grow up to a height of 2 cm and hence a low sub shrub.
– The stems are creeping that grow up to a length of 10cm.
– The evergreen leaves are oval in shape and in 3-8mm length.
– The flowers are strongly aromatic and are in lilac, pink-purple, magenta, or a rare white color and of 4–6 mm length.
– The flowers appear in clusters.
– The odors of this plant are heavily herbal to lightly lemon.
– This plant is a source of Serpolet oil which is obtained by distillation.
– This oil is used as an aphrodisiac which is well known in herbal medicine.
– It also acts against coughing.
– This plant is used for seasoning and flavoring many meat dishes as in beef stews, cabbage and green salads, and vegetable dishes containing zucchini and eggplant.
– The dried leaves make an excellent herbal tea which is used and is famous throughout Europe and the United States.
– This plant also makes an excellent source for nectar for bees and large blue butterflies which are known to feed on this thyme extensively.
– The Wild thyme honey is famous in places of Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, North Africa, Malta, the Berkshire Mountains and Catskill Mountains of the northeastern United States, and New Zealand.
– Since it is creeping thyme, it is best for landscaping and for border plants, ground covers and stone paths.
– It can be replaced for a blue grass lawn as it is tolerant to low water and poor soils.

Growing conditions for Wild Thyme

• Fill the potting soil in the garden.
• Spread creeping thyme seeds on the surface.
• Space them one inch apart.
• Cover the soil slightly on them by pressing.
• Water them such that the seedlings are not washed off.
• This plant needs full sun especially in early stages of growth.
• When it is hot, partial shade will do for the water.
• Do not over-water as the roots will rot.
• Thin out the seedlings 10 inches apart.
• The soil should be well drained type of soil.

Care for Creeping Thyme

• Do not over water the plant as the root might rot.
• Space the plant right as it is creeping and so enough air supply should be there.
• The plants need full sun to partial shade.
• The soil should be well drained.
• Grow the plant in rock garden; mulching is not necessary in such sites.
• If not a rock garden then provide thin mulch around the plant.

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