How to grow Thymus serpyllum

Thymus serpyllum growing subshrub of the genus Thymus and also known as Breckland thyme, Thymus serpyllum perennial evergreen plant, mostly used as edible plant and can be also used as fragrant ornamental plant and attract pollinators, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-9.

Thymus serpyllum leaves

Leaves green in oval shape, the leaf texture is hard, the size of the leaves can be: 3-12 mm.

Buds are edible in drop shape.

Flower color purple, white or pink, small flowers that grows on stalk in inflorescence.

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How to grow Thymus serpyllum growing and care:

Well-drained soil, weed free

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to grow

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to moist

Planting season:
Spring-summer / in warm climate autumn to spring

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Dead leaves and stems

Size of the plant?
5-30 cm, 2-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring, summer

General information about the flower:
Small purple flowers that grow on stalk in inflorescence

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning better for the growth of the leaves

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
Better to cut the stems the after the plant established

Information about leaves:
Green leaves in oval shape, the size of the leaves can be: 3-12 mm

Uses of Thymus serpyllum leaves:
Herbs, eaten raw, spices, spreads

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting or bending a branch over and covering it with earth

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Autumn

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-4 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch sometime recommend to break the branch little bit, moist soil

Scientific name:

Thymus serpyllum

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

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Watering plants

Hardiness zone