- "Creeping Thyme" and "Wild Thyme" redirect here. In some places, these names refer to Thymus praecox.
Thymus serpyllum, known by the common names of Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to most of Europe and North Africa. It is a low, usually prostrate subshrub growing to 2 cm (1 in) tall with creeping stems up to 10 cm (4 in) long. The oval evergreen leaves are 3–8 mm long. The strongly scented flowers are either lilac, pink-purple, magenta, or a rare white, all 4–6 mm long and produced in clusters. The hardy plant tolerates some pedestrian traffic and produces odors ranging from heavily herbal to lightly lemon, depending on the plant.
Creeping and mounding variants of T. serpyllum are used as border plants and ground cover around gardens and stone paths. It may also be used to replace a bluegrass lawn to xeriscape low to moderate foot traffic areas due to its tolerance for low water and poor soils.
Other Uses 
For culinary and medicinal uses, see the main article on Thyme.
- Schauer, Thomas (1978). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe, Collins, London, p. 184. ISBN 0-00-219257-8.
- Fine Gardening Magazine, http://www.finegardening.com/design/articles/thyme-the-fragrant-ground-cover.aspx
- Planting and Maintiaining a Thyme Lawn, http://www.gardenguides.com/495-planting-maintiaining-thyme-lawn.html
- Creating Practical Turf Areas, http://www.gardenersgardening.com/xeriscape-dry-climate.html
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