Thymus mastichina

Names

Names

Scientific: Thymus mastichina

English: Mastic thyme, mejorana

Portuguese: Tomilho, bela-luz

Origins

Origins

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: Iberian Peninsula and Macaronesia (Azores)

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameThymus mastichina
English NameMastic thyme, mejorana, Spanish marjoram.
Portuguese NameTomilho bela-luz, bela-luz, tomilho, sal-puro, tomilho-alvadio-do-algarve.
German NameN/A
FamilyLamiaceae
OriginIberian Peninsula and Macaronesia (Azores).
Preferences CultivationDry stony slopes.
Life CyclePerennial
HabitatSunlight and light, well-drained calcareous soils. Thymes dislike wet conditions, especially in the winter.
Method of propagationSow in spring or in autumn in a greenhouse. Cuttings of young shoots in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from July to September. H 0,3 m, ᴓ 0,6 m
Description of smells and flavorsPungent, aromatic, spicy flavor and tangerine / lemon aroma.
Properties MedicinalAntiseptic and disinfectant.
Properties EdibilityUsed as a condiment to flavor dishes.
Properties OtherOrnamental.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themSusceptible to powdery mildew and root rot that appear when excess irrigation.
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: Leaves and stems. Pruning: if growth is very vigorous, it is advisable to prune frequently, but take care because very flush cutting cause plant death. Harvest: as it comes into flower, in early and late summer. 
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe name derives from the Greek "thymus" which means "courage."  In the temples of ancient Greece was used as incense, which represented the symbol of grace and elegance. Was on the list of ingredients used by the Egyptians for embalming and mummifying bodies. In ancient Rome, soldiers bathed in thyme, to acquire courage.

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