- "Creeping Thyme" and "Wild Thyme" redirect here. In some places, these names refer to Thymus praecox.
, known by the common names of Breckland Thyme
,Schauer, Thomas (1978). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe
, Collins, London, p. 184. ISBN 0-00-219257-8. Wild Thyme
or Creeping Thyme
is a species of thyme
native to most of Europe
and North Africa
. It is a low, usually prostrate subshrub
growing to 2 cm tall with creeping stems up to 10 cm long, with oval evergreen leaves
3–8 mm long. The strongly scented flowers
are either lilac, pink-purple, magenta, or a rare white, all 4–6 mm long and produced in clusters. The hardy plant tolerates some pedestrian traffic and produces odors ranging from heavily herbal to lightly lemon, depending on the plant.
It is part of the Lamiaceae
family, and is related to the mint
It is a source of oil of Serpolet by distillation
, and is used as an aphrodisiac in herbal medicine
. It is also used against coughing.
It is used as a seasoning for many meat dishes (being commonly used in beef stews), cabbage or green salads, and vegetable dishes containing zucchini
. The dried leaves are used for a herbal tea
throughout Europe and the United States.
It is an important nectar source
plant for honeybees
as well as the large blue butterfly
which feeds... Read More