2 to 3 in.
12 to 18 in.
genus native to Europe, western Asia, northern Africa
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Reiter creeping thyme is a tough groundcover. Because it is a vigorous grower, it is tolerant of foot traffic.
The olive green leaves are topped by lavender flowers in mid-summer. This plant roots from stems that grow across the soil, which enables it to spread over an area.
Reiter creeping thyme has been one of the more successful creeping thymes at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It is one of the main cultivars of the thyme lawn, and is less susceptible to winter kill than other creeping thymes.
Winter watering will help prevent dieback in areas with no persistent snow cover. Shear off spent flower stalks after flowering.