Scientific name: Thymus pulegioides
The aromatic fragrance of Large thyme can punctuate a summer walk over a chalk grassland. It is an evergreen that grows low to the ground, with erect spikes of tiny, lilac flowers appearing over summer.
StatisticsHeight: up to 25cm
When to seeJune to September
AboutLarge thyme, also known as 'Broad-leaved thyme', is a low-growing, evergreen and aromatic shrub that is mainly found on chalk grassland, as well as on sand dunes and heathland.
Walk across a chalk grassland in summer and its fragrance will punctuate the warm air around you - a delightful, sensory experience. The erect spikes of tiny, lilac flowers appear from June to September.
How to identifyLarge thyme has woody, square, reddish stems with hairs on each of the 'corners' of the lower parts of the stem.
Its tiny flowers are pinky-purple and grouped in an oblong head. Its oval leaves sit in opposite pairs on the stem and are aromatic when crushed.