Thymus capitatus

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Thymus capitatus
Thymus capitatus in Crete.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
Species: T. capitatus
Binomial name
Thymus capitatus
(L.) Hoffmanns. & Link
  • Coridothymus capitatus (L.) Rchb. Solms
  • Satureja capitata (L.) Cav.

Thymus capitatus (syn. Coridothymus capitatus; Satureja capitata) is a compact, woody perennial native to Mediterranean Europe and Turkey, more commonly known as conehead thyme, Persian-hyssop and Spanish oregano. It is also known under the name Thymbra capitata.


The plant has with rising stems and narrow, fleshy, oil-gland-dotted, green leaves to 12 mm (0.47 in) long.

The pink, 10 mm (0.39 in)-long flowers are held in cone-shaped clusters at the ends of their stems in mid to late summer; they are protected by overlapping, 6 mm (0.24 in)-long, red-tinged bracts, edged in tiny hairs.

Thymus capitatus is hardy from USDA Zones 7-10.[1]


  1. ^ Griffiths, Mark. Index of Garden Plants. (Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 1994; ISBN 0-88192-246-3.)