Thyme - Bogorodskaya grass
The thyme plant has more than 200 species that are common throughout Europe. This genus is also found in Kamchatka, Ethiopia and the Canary Islands. Thyme in ancient times was used by the Egyptians for embalming. Representatives of this genus are perennial grasses, shrubs or shrubs reaching a height of 5 to 40 cm. The plants have a characteristic pleasant smell.
Thyme, or Thyme (Thymus) - one of the largest genera of the family Iasnatkovye (Lamiaceae).
There are many names of Thyme among the people: Bogorodskaya grass, pine forest, spawn, cobweed, swan, lemon darling, muhopal, thyme, incense, chebark. But in most cases they all relate to Creeping thyme.
Since creeping thyme has become more widespread in gardens and kitchen gardens (Thymus serpyllum), and common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) we will dwell on them in more detail.
Creeping thyme (thyme), or Bogorodskaya grass - the inhabitants include a large number of similar, often difficult to distinguish forms found in Eurasia.
Creeping thyme forms low dense thickets. The stems are creeping, easily rooted, densely located; the leaves are small, oval, dark green in color. Small, purplish-red flowers appear in June - August. These flowers form small, compact inflorescences.
Varieties of creeping thyme are bred, blooming in white or red.
The optimal development condition for thyme is permeable, not rich in nutrients soil, as well as a sunny area. The plant does not require special care, so it is recommended to breed it for beginner gardeners.
Thyme easily grows with creeping stems that do not freeze in winter. Thyme is planted in spring or late summer at a distance of 25-30 cm from each other.
Thyme is excellently propagated by the separation of rhizomes or rooted shoots. Plants look beautiful in flower walls, in dry places, crushed stones, among steppe grasses. Often planted instead of lawn in dry and sunny areas.
Common thyme is common in the southern regions of Europe. The plant forms small bushes with a height of 5 to 25 cm. The leaves, located opposite on stems lignified to the bottom, have a sharp aromatic odor, short up to 10 mm, located on short petioles.
Thyme flowers ordinary light purple. Flowering occurs from June to August. Propagated by seeds, as well as cuttings. The plant does not tolerate frost in the middle band.
Thyme ordinary as a medicinal plant has been widely used in the treatment of bronchitis and other diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Herbs are harvested during the flowering period, from May to June. Lignified stems and long branches are generally not used.