When day after day you see the same plants, there comes a time when you stop and take an interest in them, which is a mistake, because there are so many that can be useful in some point of our life, such as, for example, the Thymus mastichina.
More commonly known as thyme or white almoradux, is a small shrub that measures enough to be able to have it in the pot throughout their life, or as a plant to delimit paths.
Origin and characteristics
Our protagonist is an evergreen shrub that measures 50 centimeters in height is endemic to the centre and south of the Iberian Peninsula. Its scientific name is Thymus mastichina, but is known more as almoradux, thyme white, and even as marjoram, but the latter can lead to confusion, as there is a plant that is so named ( Origanum majorana) whose characteristics are very different.
Blooms in late spring to early summer (from April to June in the northern hemisphere). The flowers are bilabiadas, small up to 1cm, and are grouped in inflorescences. It is honey, but because it produces little pollen, has evolved to attract their pollinators by emitting a pleasant smell and by the color of their flowers.
What are your care?
If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:
- Location: place your Thymus mastichina in the outside, in full sun.
- Pot: culture substrate universal blended with 30% perlite.
- Garden: live in soils are siliceous, although it fits well also in the limestone.
- Irrigation: 3-4 times a week in summer and every 3-4 days the rest of the year.
- Paid: from spring to summer you can throw it on a monthly basis a handful of guano, manure or other organic fertilizer. In case you have it potted, should be charged with liquid fertilizers.
- Multiplication: by seeds in the spring.
- Hardiness: it can survive the cold and frost to -10ºC.
What are its uses?
Apart from used as an ornamental, in infusion (leaves and flowers) can be used to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu, osteoarthritis and rheumatisms. Another way to take advantage of their properties is by using it as salad dressing, green olives, stews, and roasts.
In addition, the flowers and leaves is obtained which is called ”oil of marjoram”, which is used to perfume, disinfect wounds or bruises and hematomas; although today you can get in pharmacies and specialized centres such as ”oil of thyme white”.
What did you like the Thymus mastichina? Did you ever know him?
The article Thyme white (Thymus mastichina) has been originally published in Gardening On.