Wild Thyme is a creeping, mat-forming sub shrub, 5-10cm tall, with small dark green leaves, up to 8mm long and 4mm wide, usually fringed with minute hairs. The pale to deep purple flowers are produced in summer. A common name is mother of thyme, but “creeping thyme” and “wild thyme may be used where Thymus serpyllum, which also shares these names, is not found. This thyme has a strong scent similar to Oregano. It can be used in cuisine.