Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites
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Terrestrial. Forms dominate scrub in cold dry areas
Small hairy shrub to about 30 cm high. Shoots and leaves densely clothed in hairs. The leaves are sessile and are up to 8 x 3 mm. The flowers are held on the ends of the stems in dense clusters, flowers range from white to mauve. The seeds are about 7 mm long and are dark brown.
The stems and leaves are aromatic when crushed. T. pulegioides (creeping thyme) has a much more prostrate form.
September, October, November, December
Reason For Introduction
Spreads by seed.
Many seeds are produced.
People, gravity, soil movement.
Very tolerant of cold and dry conditions.