Himalayan Thyme, Wild Thyme, Mother of Thyme, Creeping Thyme, Hasha • Hindi: जंगली अजवाइन Jangli ajwain • Urdu: Satar farsi ستر فارسی;

valley of flowers6: 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
ID requested.

I think Thumus linearis

Thymus linearis (Lamiaceae)

Yes Thyme

Leaves when crushed / pressed gives “Ajwain” / Carom smell due to the presence of phenolic compound ‘Thymol’

– That is why it is known as ‘Ban/Van Ajwain’

Thymus linearis subsp. linearis from Kashmir:
Here is Thymus linearis Benth. subsp. linearis from Kashmir, photographed in June 2010. This is for comparison with photographs uploaded by …

It is var. linearis and not subsp. linearis

Thymus linearis (usually under T. serpyllum in Indian Floras)
photographed from Kashmir.


Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Lamiaceae, Thymus linearis from Kashmir–GSMAY112/115 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Thymus linearis (usually under T. serpyllum in Indian Floras) photographed from Kashmir.

very nice to see such profuse flowering

ID request-221011-PKA1:
Seen this Prostrate herb  with thicker leaves at “Zinzingbar”.
Date/Time: 12-09-2011 / 11:00AM
Location: Zinzingbar, (Manali- Leh Route), Lahul- Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: Approx: 14100ft.
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit: Herb

Thymus linearis Benth. (syn: Thymus serpylium auct. Himalay. non L.

VoF Week :: Thymus linearis at Valley of Flowers:
Thymus linearis Benth. (family: Lamiaceae)

2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11000 – 12000 ft

Yes … Ban ajwain, very common on open slopes throughout.

I remember observing this around Manali.


VoF Week:Thymus linearis – Valley of Flowers:

Thymus linearis

Valley of Flowers


Lovely carpet of flowers.

Yes, the flower carpet looks pretty when in full bloom.

VoF Week :: DV :: 02 AUG 12 – 1212 :: maroon ground-cover at Valley of Flowers:
2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowers about 11700 ft
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: low herb, about 10 – 15 cm high; ¿ flower ? about 2 mm across

I hope same Thymus linearis

Yes …, thank you very much for the ID.
The plant with its flowers lost, looked different.

VoF Week :: DV :: 02 AUG 12 – 1212 :: lilac-coloured small flowered herb at Valley of Flowers:
2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowersabout 11700 ft
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: small herb, about 15 – 20 cm high; flower about 7 – 10 mm across (not sure)

I hope Thymus linearis

Thymus linearis



Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Thymus linearis :: Valley of Flowers :: DVMAY65/65 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 12 images.
Thymus linearis Benth.
at Valley of Flowers on August 2, 2012 

Yes … Very good photographs

I appreciate for correctly using accepted name.
In most works you find its name as Thymus serphyllum, which is not found in India.

VOF Week: Thymus linearis — at VoF:
Thymus linearis (Family: Lamiaceae) — at VoF.

Yes …. It is always refreshing to see this carpet of flowers on hill slopes.

Yes, carpet of flowers looks very soothing and attractive.


Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Lamiaceae, Thymus linearis from Chakrata–GSMAY113/116 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Thymus linearis photographed from near Baratkhai along Mussoorie Chakrata Road.

Lamiaceae (Incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Thymus vulagris from Chakrata- NS May 32/32 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Common thyme from Chakrata area..
Thymus vulgaris

Thymus vulgaris (a cultivated plant) or T. linearis (common Himalayan wild thyme)??

This is the wild one..thanks Sir, should this be Thymus linearis ?

I think it is T. linearis Benth (= T. serphyllum L.)
T. vulgaris is exotic and probably cultivated in India.

Thymus linearis Benth. (Lamiaceae) is a common mat forming species throughout subalpine and alpine Himalaya.
Here photographed in Badrinath (3000m), Uttarakhand in June.
Lower elevation populations do not produce such dark colour in flowers.

how spectacular

Gueldenstaedtia himalaica (?) (180609SCS2) : 12 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2)
Tufted mat-forming flowers at Badrinath, Uttarakhand, June 09.
Is it Gueldenstaedtia himalaica? Could not find any link on the net, though.
Mentioned in Concise flowers of the Himalaya at Sr.No. 232.

Doesn’t look like Gueldenstaedtia himalaica.

I have been observing your pictures of the flora from Uttarakhand. I had been to Lahaul and Spiti H. P.in last week of Jun and many of my snapped flowers appear to be similar to your ones, like this one. I am gradually digesting my pictures slowly and searching for IDs. Will try to respond soon.

There is no way to think about Gueldenstaedtia himalaica, a plant of Fabaceae with pinnate leaves and papilionaceous corolla. To me it looks a member of Ericaceae, some species of Rhododendron.

Wild thoughts….. Thymus linearis or Lancea tibetica.

There could’nt have been wilder thoughts than that: Lancea tibetica-stemless diminitive plant with bilipped mauve coloured solitary flowers; and Thymus linearis with tiny flowers in verticels. Both well illustrated in Flowers of Himalayas by Pollunin and Stainton

Thymus linearis (Lamiaceae) only. It is quite common in Badrinath area in June. A thick stem visible in picture-298 is of Lonicera and not of this species.

… is correct – this is definitely Thymus linearis. I first came across this plant in the Suru Valley, Ladakh, during my first ‘expedition’ into the Trans Himalaya.
Most recently I saw it growing profusely on Mt.Aphawat in Kashmir – I may post some images later.
Has the characteristic ‘Thyme’ odour.  Stewart knew it as Thymus serphyllum subsp. quniquecostatus – so for once, most will be happy with the name change!
Very common and very variable in Kashmir from 1500-4500m. Flowers of Himalaya say Afghanistan to C.Nepal, Tibet, India, N.China, Japan on rocky slopes @ 1500-4300m.  Very aromatic.
Flora of Lahaul-Spiti separated a var. album on the basis of white flowers, permanent green calyx and sessile leaves occasional in rock crevices at Chatru. The typical variety the authors found to be common in meadows & on slopes at Chandra Tal – not that there are too many meadows beside Chandra Tal.
Collett knew the plant as Thymus serphyllum, then common on the downs at Shimla, considering it the same as a native British Thyme. 

Fwd: Thymus linearis near Mt Aphawat, Kashmir : 2 posts by 2 authors.
Following my recent post confirming … correct identification of images of this species taken near Badrinath, I am posting a few images taken near the well-known Mt Aphawat in Kashmir @ some 3800m or so. 

Wow!!! Superb!!!

Thanks for generous comments. I did not take any close-ups of the flowers or foliage.
Cannot but wonder given the complexities of Thymus whether, in the future, when the genus is revised in the Himalaya there might
not be some splitting of this taxon…

Herb id from Deha(Shimla), H.P : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Habit: small herb with red stem and a creeper type 
Habitat: wild at an elevation of 2200msl
Location: Deha, Simla district, H.P.
27 April 2017

Thymus linearis
Himalayan Thyme
It is quite fragrant herb and sometimes used as spice.

Wild Thyme for ID, Kugti, Himachal Pradesh NAW-SEP17-18 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Kindly identify this herb with leaves with thyme-like aroma photographed along the trail to Kugti Pass at the altitude of about 3300 metres, in June 2017.

Thymus linearis (Lamiaceae).




Thymus linearis Benth.: 9 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude:  2204m.
Date: 17 August 2021
Habit : Wild


Thymus linearis: 2 high res. images.
Location: Sloppy hills of Ganderbal Vurpash area. Jammu and Kashmir India 

Kashmiri name: van jay’yaan