THYMUS serpyllum

Wild Thyme, Creeping Thyme,
Mother of Thyme



Height: 2-6" (5-15 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Pink

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Lamiales (Nettle Order)
Family: Lamiaceae (Nettle Family)
Genus: Thymus (Thyme)
Species: serpyllum
Thymus serpyllum

Thymus serpyllum is a short woody plant with creeping stems and tiny shiny leaves, growing amongst short grasses and other aromatic herbs and wild strawberry amongst short grasses on chalk downs and open heaths. In summer, it bears tight rounded heads composed of many tiny pink flowers.

Thymus serpyllum has been used in traditional medicine as an antiseptic, to aid healing, and as a muscle relaxant.

It is strongly aromatic, and is used as a pot herb.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Outside (141 days)
Outside (126 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are at the bottom of the calyx.

Seed The seeds are tiny dark brown nuts. There are four seeds from each individual
flower on the flower spike.

Seedling The seedling has very small leaves.

(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
Back to Wildflowers Main Page 
Back to Plant Profiles Main Page