Thymus serpyllum
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Thymus serpyllum

European wild thyme
mother of thyme
creeping thyme

  family lamiaceae 
  genus thymus 

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Genus  Thymus Species  serpyllum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  European wild thyme   mother of thyme   serpolet   creeping thyme Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S10537 Data source  MedPl p274;Frgnt p190;Xeri p299
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Prostrate Overall height  4" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Thymus serpyllum have a faint sweet perfume. Creeping thyme (also known as European wild thyme, mother of thyme or serpolet) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It does well in dry soils. This plant can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiseptic   antifungal   decongestant   anthelmintic   carminative   antispasmodic   mastitis remedy Medicinal parts  Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Thymus serpyllum has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an antiseptic, as an antifungal, as a decongestant and as an anthelmintic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the flowers.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  scented leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Thymus serpyllum is a perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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