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Thymus capitatus

Thym à tȇte
Conehead Thyme

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

7-10 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Linear,

Elliptic

Height

to 50 cm

Description

A woody, sub-shrub with erect or spread out branches. When young the leaves are covered in white hairs, giving the plant a felt-like appearance.

The bracts are overlapping, each bract, 6 mm, is edged with hairs.

Flowers

Flower head is cone-shaped often reddish, with densely-packed, tiny pink or purplish-pink flowers.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass, Elliptic oval leaf. Narrow to oval, the longer leaves, 10 mm or more, within the leaf axil and smaller ones in addition. As the season progresses the longer leaves drop off. Leaf margins are flat.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: 4 small nuts, enclosed within the calyx.

Edible

A source of honey.

Medical

Essential oil: known as Spanish oregano oil, used in commercial food flavouring and male cosmetics.

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