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Creeping thyme profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 27 2021

Creeping thyme profile

Creeping thyme, scientific name Thymus serpyllum, is a perennial herb, good basal branch, droplet-shaped leaflets. This seed is prostrate musk thyme, plant height only 4-6 cm, especially suitable for beautifying urban green space, environmental adaptability is better than common thyme.

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Creeping thyme

Morphological characteristics of creeping thyme

Lip of Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is the branch of perennial aromatic herbaceous plants, summer and autumn open pink fluorescence. Creeping thyme is short, spread the ground and born, the root system developed resistance to stress is strong, drought resistance, resistance to trampling regeneration ability is strong, strong fragrance, with aromatic plants of sterilization, purification of air and other functions. Creeping thyme is a perennial herb, plant height about 4-6 cm, seeds germinate for 12-20 days, mature for 90-10 days, summer flowering, purple color, use parts of the leaves.

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a subshrub. Stems are numerous, prostrate or ascending; Sterile branches is arising from terminal or base of the stem, prostrate or ascending, pubescent; Flower branches are (1.5) 2 -- 10 cm tall, densely puberulent downward or slightly spreading under inflorescence, proximal hairs of Creeping thyme are shorter and sparsely spaced, with 2 -- 4 leaf pairs, basal leaves abscissed. Leaves of  Creeping thyme are ovoid, 4-10 mm long, 2-4.5 mm wide, apically obtuse or slightly acute, basally cuneate or attenuate, entire or rare 1-2 pairs of serrate, glabrous on both sides, lateral veins 2-3 pairs, slightly protruding below, glandular dots more or less conspicuous, petiole conspicuous, petiole about 1/2 as long as leaf near lower, shorter at upper; Bracts of Creeping thyme are homomorphic to leaves, margin ciliate in lower 1/3. Inflorescences capitate, many or few-flowered, flowers shortly pedunculate. The calyx is tubular campanulate or narrowly campanulate, 4 -- 4.5 mm long, sparsely pubescent below, subglabrous above, lower lip longer than or subequal to the upper lip, upper lip teeth shorter, teeth not exceeding 1/3 of the length of the upper lip, triangular, ciliate or glabrous. Corolla of  Creeping thyme is purplish red, purple or lavender, pink, 6.5 -- 8 mm long, sparsely pubescent, tube elongated, 4 -- 5 mm long, slightly enlarged upward. Nutlets are suborbicular or ovoid, squashed, smooth.

Creeping thyme growing environment

Creeping thyme(Thymus serpyllum) features low soil and fertilizer requirements, strong resistance to weeds, long green and flowering periods, rich fragrance, high regeneration capacity, natural expansion, and quick renewal. In recent years, as an excellent ground cover plant, Creeping thyme has been widely used in urban hollow brick greening, park, street green space and decorated lawn. Creeping thyme has not only ornamental value but also has the function of sterilization, insect repellent and air purification. It has become an ideal greening plant for urban Garden landscape. 

Creeping thyme

The main value of creeping thyme

Leaves of  Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) can be combined with all kinds of meat, fish and shellfish dishes, tea can help to help digestion, eliminate flatulence and alcohol, soak honey can cure spasms cough, cold and sore throat. Bubble bath also has a slow and calm nerve effect, dissolve into makeup water can restore fatigue.

In recent years, as an excellent ground cover plant, Creeping thyme has been widely used in urban hollow brick greening, park, street green space and decorated lawn. Creeping thyme has not only ornamental value but also has the function of sterilization, insect repellent and air purification. Creeping thyme has become an ideal greening plant for urban garden landscape. It is also suitable for covering river embankments and wasteland to prevent sand lifting and soil erosion. Creeping thyme is an excellent ground cover plant in arid areas.  

The grass clippings of  Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) can be dried to make tea and seasoning or sachets for insect control, and can also extract essential oil for medicine or cosmetics, soap and toothpaste spices in the fields of food, medicine and chemical industry has a wide range of uses and high economic value.

Creeping thyme propagation method

Just to peep in on peep thyme. Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) can mainly be propagated by sowing cuttings or peep in. 

Creeping thyme growing methods

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is suitable for sufficient sunshine and a good drainage environment, and moderate pruning can promote the growth of side buds, let the plant flourish.

Creeping thyme