Botanical Name: Thymus 'Victor Reiter'
Common Name: Reiter Creeping Thyme  
Plant photo of: Thymus 'Victor Reiter'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Walls / Fences, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

Reiter thyme is a tough, vigorous groundcover. Forms dense mats that can tolerate foot traffic and choke out most weeds. It grows to 3 inches tall and spreads 30 inches. Rich, olive green foliage is topped with lavender flowers in mid-summer. Faded flowers can be removed using a lawn mower. It has a pleasant, minty fragrance when crushed, though not considered for culinary uses. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun. Adaptive to soil types, but well draining is a must. If using over a large area for a groundcover, plant on 15 to 18 inch centers to ensure that it fills in by the end of the season. Can be mowed after flowering. Low water, deer and rabbit resistant, and low-or-no fertilizer.