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Thyme Purple Creeping Herb Seeds | Thymus serpyllum

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Thyme creepers require a spot that is sunny and well-drained. Seeds can be sown from March through May or from August through September. You can make it easier to handle by mixing horticultural sand with a small amount of the seed. Seed should be thinly sprinkled on seed trays with very little or no cover. It is best to place in a propagator that can be heated or cover with a polythene bag and keep at 20 degrees Celsius. Germination should take place within two weeks. When the plants are large enough, transplant them into small pots. To avoid the need for pricking out, thyme can be sewn several times to a plug tray. After thyme plants reach a height of about 5cm, 'harden off' for 3-4 days & plant them outdoors once the frost danger has passed. 


You should water seedlings from the bottom and keeping them moist at all times to prevent damping off. A perennial woody plant, thyme needs to be divided every 3 years to maintain fresh vigor after 5 years. Cuttings can be taken as needed, but replacing them is a difficult task. When picked at all, it should be very lightly picked in its first year, but if possible, leave alone in the first year and pick in the second year. The crop can be harvested year-round, but in winter only lightly as it is not growing. It is possible to pick it all year round once established.


This Purple Thyme has a creeping habit, forming mats, usually becoming 10cm in height. Purple flowers decorate this plant. They are used both ornamentally and for culinary purposes. This plant contains thymol, which is highly beneficial for killing microorganisms. Furthermore, it is very effective at treating hypertension and lowering blood pressure. Additionally, this herb has been shown to treat breast and colon cancer.

Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.


  • Sowing Time: Summer
  • Height: 3 - 6 cm
  • Mature: 12 Months
  • Bloom Time: June to July
  • Zone: 4 to 8
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asteroids
  • Order: Lamiales
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Genus: Thymus
  • Species: T. serpyllum


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