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Thymbra spicata is a evergreen shrub found in areas such as S. Europe - Greece to W. Asia. A member of the Labiatae family, Thymbra spicata L does not go by a known (to us) common name. The shrub can grow to a height of 0.5 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Dry sunny hillsides. High dry meadows in Greece., with LMH soil and N moisture levels. .
The plant is a zone 8 hardy plant that has no known (to us) medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of the plant is 0.
Thymbra spicata is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Insects.
The plant has an edibility rating of 1. 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.
Cultivation tips: Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained soils. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c. A good bee plant.
. The plant should best be propagated by 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.
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.