This is a long term project to display pictures and descriptions of thyme.
Please note that following the publication of The Thyme Handbook and
the International Thymus Register and Checklist in
names have been changed as a result of recent research and names and
descriptions are in the process of being amended. Although the
names in the list below have been amended, the portrait names and
descriptions are currently in the process of being amended.
The first pictures were displayed in 2003.
More pictures have now been added and further pictures and descriptions will follow
in future updates as and when I produce photographs suitable for publication.
Pictures taken before 2004 are scanned images from either slides or prints, so the quality is not as good
as the digital images and they will be replaced once suitable digital images are available.
However they do at least give an indication of the characteristics of each thyme.
As applies to all pictures on this site, copyright remains with Margaret Easter, LW Plants
and none may be reproduced without permission.
For each thyme there is a brief description of growth habit, leaf shape and
colour, followed by flower colour and where appropriate, colour of buds.
Thymes described as mat forming with small overlapping leaves are up to 15 mm
high, those described as mat forming with creeping stems are up to 30 mm,
those described as dwarf subshrub or loose mat with prostrate stems are up to
75 mm and bushy shrubs are at least 75 mm with some as much as 300 mm high.
Information about cultivars, including details of raisers and
introductory dates are also listed where known.
Suitable planting locations for each thyme are indicated.
Thymes which are referred to in the nomenclature
section or in the Plant Heritage articles archive section,
have an additional
button which links to the relevant paragraph in
that section. Entries marked * do not as yet have pictures.
Select a plant name and click to see a portrait.
To return to this page click on the picture or close its window.
Generally you should view one portrait at a time, however should you wish to compare two species it is possible
to have more than one portrait on the screen, if you are in normal (default) browser mode, not in full screen mode.
If you do not close each window, you can restore windows from the taskbar at the bottom of this screen
(which is not present in full screen mode).
Each portrait is capable of being resized and moved.
Please remember to keep as few windows open as required!