Small creeping thyme or half-shrub creeping thyme at first glance grass, and so his name is — Bogorodskaya grass (Thymus serpillum). But after looking on this small (15 cm) plant height, you will find that barrel and branches, except the young leafy and flowering tips of his woody, became hard and dark brown or even black. In appearance all thymes are very similar, but differ in the shape of the stem, hairs, inflorescence structure. If you're wondering how much thyme exists to this question is no answer. There are several hundred species growing throughout most of Eurasia (except the tropics) in North Africa, the Canary Islands, which run north to Greenland. Understand them is very difficult, especially since these species is extremely easy to make hybrids. Actually thyme has a different scientific name, creeping thyme. This is in order to distinguish it by the name of a close relative — thyme, which grows wild only in the Mediterranean. It is cultivated in the Krasnodar region, southern Ukraine and Moldova, has recently been acclimatized in the more northern areas. If you are interested in the taste, smell or rather, buy over the counter cough medicine — sticky and fragrant syrup "Pertussin." It is made in the thyme. The smell is similar to the classic thyme smell of thyme, but somewhat softer. Why is classical? Thyme, as no other plant can vary by smell. In Pyatigorsk on one square meter of the slope can be found Mashuk 5.6 thyme bushes and everyone will have a different smell, this chabrechny — almost pure thymol (the smell of you probably know by dentists as thymol is often used to disinfect the cavity tooth before filling, it also has a weak analgesic effect) and, in addition, a variety of combinations of thymol with other odorants. The results can be very unexpected, such as lemon or orange scent. And with the Tien Shan, I brought a few bushes of thyme with a clear and strong smell of black pepper. That is thyme in different places variety names: lemon odor, upland pepper lebyushka, fimiamchik, pepper, savory.