This diminutive plant is producing racemes of flower in the Mediterranean Beds.
Belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae), the genus Thymus is renowned for its aromatic foliage and culinary use, and comprises 350 species of evergreen perennials, shrubs and subshrubs. All have opposite oval leaves and whorled racemes of two-lipped flowers. This Greek species, Thymus holosericeus, is endemic to the Ionian Islands, where it grows amongst sclerophyllous (small, thick, leathery, and hard-leaved) vegetation, which has adapted to survive the intensity of sunlight and heat in its native habitat. It is a spreading species growing to 10 cm in height, and producing bracted racemes of soft pink flowers.