The genus Thymus, or thyme contains about 350 species of aromatic perennial herbaceous plants and subshrubs in the family Lamiaceae, native to temperate regions in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Several, but not all, members of the genus are cultivated as culinary herbs.
Thymus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) insect species including Chionodes distinctella and the Coleophora case-bearers C. lixella, C. niveicostella, C. serpylletorum and C. struella (the latter three feed exclusively on Thymus).
Tolerating moderate traffic, creeping Thymus is an excellent choice for between stones on a path or cascading over walls; also as a border plant, in containers, for edging, ground cover, lawn substitute, mass plantings, and rock gardens. Drought and Salt Tolerant. Fragrance and flowers attract butterflies, but it is deer and rabbit resistant. Creeping Thyme is easily divided in spring or early fall, and even small pieces will take root and grow.
PLANTING: Set out 8 to 12 inches apart in full sun, preferably in a well-drained soil of low fertility.
MAINTENANCE: Keep soil moist but not soggy until plants establish themselves. A winter mulch is recommended. Some species often require cutting back in spring to keep them compact and bushy.