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Wild Thyme

Thymus polytrichus

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small, pinkish-purple, 2-lipped flowers that are borne in clusters at the ends of their branches. Often forming carpets of pink over the ground.
Fruit:
A dry 4-sided fruit, splitting open upon ripening.
Leaves:
Evergreen and carpet-forming plant. Tiny, hairy, oval, untoothed, bluish-green leaves.
Maximum Size:
5cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and the flower tops can be put into salads and eaten raw. Tea can be made from the dried leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Slightly aromatic.
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, rocks.