Caryophyllaceae
Arenaria serpyllifolia

Thyme-Leaf Sandwort

Tuft or sometimes prostrate. Stems with fine hairs. Leaves opposite on stems, sessile, egg-shaped, with sharply pointed tips, 3–5 veins. Flowers few to many, with short stalks, atop stems. Grows in disturbed sandy soils, gravel bars, dry woods, at 500–6000 ft. Serpyllifolia refers to the leaves being similar to the linear or slightly oval leaves of Thymus serpyllifolia, mother of thyme.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 1--10 inches
  • Habitat: Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No