Wild Thyme - Thymus drucei


Low growing plant that forms dense, slightly aromatic mats. Small pink-purple flowers on erect stems and with oval, untoothed leaves.

Similar Species

Thymus pulegioides

Identification difficulty

Dry calcareous grasslands, rocks, heaths and mountainous areas.

When to see it

Flowering time: May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in suitable areas throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland, usually on calcareous or sandy soil. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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