Wild Thyme - Thymus polytrichus

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Dry calcareous grasslands, rocks, heaths and mountainous areas.

    When to see it

    Flowering time: May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial

    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map