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Thymus serpyhllum ssp. serpyllum

Family: Lamiaceae


Synonyms: Thymus citriodorus, Thymus citriodorus silver thyme, Thymus x citriodorus

Native to: Garden Origin

Sentiment: activity


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, dense form, erect, mounding, pendent, prostrate, spreading

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 1 foot

Max width: 2 feet


magenta/purple, violet


green, secondary color present


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee

Plant features: evergreen

Edible: herb

Exposure: sun

Landscape uses: container, flower fragrant, ground cover

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: loam, well drained

USDA Zones: zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -10 to +30 °F

Water: moderate

  • Thymus citriodorus 'silver thyme' 2 2
  • Thymus citriodorus 'silver thyme' 2 3
  • Thymus citriodorus 'silver thyme' 2
  • Thymus citriodorus 'silver thyme' 3
  • Thymus citriodorus 'silver thyme'

Container plants that attract adult butterflies - perennial

This plant is one of 186 perennials suitable to grow in a container that will attract adult butterflies. 38 of these plants attract birds and 67 attract specific butterfly species. They can be found in every height range – from tiny to large – from less than a foot high to over 10 feet tall. 19 of these plants are drought tolerant, more than 80 are available for dry or moderate watering conditions. 29 are deciduous, while 71 are evergreen. Some can grow in Zone 2, while the others grow in Zones 3-11. 178 perennial plants that attract butterflies and can be grown in containers in Zone 9. 77 can be used as cut flowers. They come in any one of the available flower colors.

We have found that, when given a choice, butterflies and bees frequent named species more often than cultivars. You may want to keep this in mind when you select plants for your garden if your goal is to attract and support these insects.

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