Breckland Thyme - Thymus serpyllum

Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum (Lamiaceae).

English Name: Breckland Thyme; Wild Thyme; Creeping Thyme (Dead-nettle family).

French Name: Le Serpolet; Le Thym serpolet.

5 Key Characters:
  • flower stems rounded squares in section, equally hairy all round.
  • leaves erect, oval, aromatic.
  • flowers in dense ovoid heads.
  • a creeping plant forming a mat about 2 cm tall. 
  • a plant of dry shallow soils.

Lookalikes: Other Thymes Thymus spp, which have squarer stems of unequal hairiness. Wild Oregano Origanum vulgare, which is a much bigger plant.

Habitat: Dry arid places, especially sandy soils on limestone.

Flowering Period: May-June-July-August-September.

Status: Very widespread and common.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

1 comment:

  1. Just followed this link, Susan...
    from your Puys du Chinonais post of 21 & 22 May 2015...
    Breckland Thyme is now almost extinct in the Brecks nowadays...
    there is a patch at Grimes Graves... and some quite large spreads at East Walton....
    where keeping the habitat open for the Stone Curlews seems to have helped it.