Thymus caespititius

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Thymus caespititius
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
Species:T. caespititius
Binomial name
Thymus caespititius

Thymus caespititius is dwarf, aromatic mat-forming groundcover shrub, It is native to Portugal, northwest Spain, and the Azores.

Groundcover plant with low spreading growth

Groundcover or ground cover is any plant that grows over an area of ground. Groundcover provides protection of the topsoil from erosion and drought.

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

The plant has narrow, spatula-shaped, smooth leaves to 6 mm (0.24 in) long, fringed with tiny hairs. The rose, lilac or white flowers are borne in small, flattened mat-hugging heads from late spring to summer.


Thymus caespititius, grown as an ornamental plant, and is hardy from USDA Zones 9-11. The cultivar Thymus caespititius 'Aureus' has narrow, light gold leaves. [1]

Ornamental plant plant that is grown for decorative purposes

Ornamental plants are plants that are grown for decorative purposes in gardens and landscape design projects, as houseplants, cut flowers and specimen display. The cultivation of ornamental plants are called floriculture, forms a major branch of horticulture.

Cultivar plant or grouping of plants selected for desirable characteristics

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<i>Thymus praecox</i> species of plant

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<i>Thymus herba-barona</i> species of plant

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<i>Thymus vulgaris</i> species of plant

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Cynareae tribe of plants

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<i>Thymus citriodorus</i> species of plant

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<i>Lathyrus sylvestris</i> species of plant

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<i>Thymus moroderi</i> species of plant

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<i>Thymus pseudolanuginosus</i> species of plant

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<i>Thymus capitatus</i> species of plant

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<i>Prostanthera stenophylla</i> species of plant

Prostanthera stenophylla is a shrub species that is endemic to Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, Australia. It grows to between 1.5 and 2 metres high and has leaves that are 7 to 12 millimetres long and 1.5 to 2 millimetres wide. Dull green above and paler green below, leaves are covered with a dense mat of hairs and give off a strong aroma when crushed. The leaf edges are recurved or revolute. Mauve or violet flowers appear in the leaf axils in spring, with about 4 to 6 flower-bearing branchlets arising on a leafy branch to form a raceme. Individual flowers are about 8 to 12 millimetres long.

<i>Scrobipalpa artemisiella</i> species of insect

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<i>Linanthus pungens</i> species of plant

Linanthus pungens is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common names granite prickly-phlox and granite gilia. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California and east to Montana and New Mexico.

<i>Veronica gentianoides</i> species of plant

Veronica gentianoides, the gentian speedwell, is a species of flowering perennial plant in the family Plantaginaceae found in the Middle East, from Turkey to Iran.

<i>Thymus pulegioides</i> species of plant

Thymus pulegioides is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to Europe. Growing to 5–25 cm (2–10 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide, it is a small spreading subshrub with strongly aromatic leaves, and lilac pink flowers in early summer. The specific epithet pulegioides highlights its similarity to another species within Lamiaceae, Mentha pulegium (pennyroyal).


  1. Griffiths, Mark. Index of Garden Plants. (Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 1994; ISBN   0-88192-246-3.)