Herb latin name: Thymbra spicata

Family: Labiatae

Edible parts of Thymbra spicata:

The plant is occasionally used as a condiment. The flavour of its essential oils is similar to those of Origanum syriacum, Thymus capitatus and Satureia thymbra.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry sunny hillsides. High dry meadows in Greece.

Other uses of Thymbra spicata:

The plant is used as an incense.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

Cultivation of Thymbra spicata:

Dry sunny hillsides. High dry meadows in Greece.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Thymbra spicata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.