Thymbra capitata

Syn. Thymus capitatus

Thyme                                                                                                                  Θυμάρι


Labiatae - mint family                                                                                             Dicot.

 
 
 


Beautiful purple mounds of thyme brighten the fields and roadsides of Skopelos during June & July, when much of the vegetation begins to dry up and is burnt off by the sun. This is the wonderful aromatic Thymbra capitata. The plant forms small bushlets with narrow leaves which emit volatile oils which protect it from the heat. The small, fragrant,  purple flowers, which are very attractive to bees, are arranged in whorls and terminal clusters. By August  leaves and flowers have fallen leaving dusty grey wiry bushes. 

contains essential oil which has long been recognised as an effective anti- bacterial and this has recently been supported by scientific evidence.1

 
3-8mm  10-20cm,20-50cm,
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1. Qarella, Abboud,Khleifat, et.al. Antibacterial activity in vitro of Thymus capitatus from Jordan. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2009