A member of the Lamiaceae or Mint family, Wild Thyme often grows into dense mats which can produce a wonderful fragrance when walked upon. You will spot the sea of beautiful pale lilac/purple/pink flowers of Wild Thyme between May and September.
|Common Names||Wild Thyme, Wild Thyme|
|Synonyms||Thymus praecox subsp. polytrichus|
|Scientific Name||Thymus polytrichus|
Small oval leaves in opposite pairs with tiny pore like marks when viewed closely, often with small white hairs.
Chalk downs,meadows with short grass, heaths, among rocks or dry stone walls and sometimes among dunes.
Common in the Southeast, less so elsewhere.
The leaves can be picked as with cultivated Thyme and although edible, the flowers are a bit small to do anything with.
Wild Thyme contains thymol, which is the familiar scent you’ll get when the plant is crushed. Thymol is also present in Wild Bergamot and Oregano amongst others. This essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.