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Common Name: Lemon Scented Thyme
Micromeria biflora is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - from Afghanistan throuth the Himalayas to Bhutan and Myanmar.
Open places at elevations of 600 - 4000 metres in Nepal[
Prefers an open position in a well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in poor soils[
]. Requires a sunny position[
The flowers and leaves are used as a tea[
A powder of the dried flowers and leaves is used as a flavouring in lentil soups and curries[
A paste of the root is pressed between the jaws to treat toothache[
The plant is rubbed and the aroma inhaled to treat nose bleeds[
]. A paste of the plant is used as a poultice to treat wounds[
]. The juice of the plant is taken internally and also inhaled in the treatment of sinusitis[
The plant is burnt as an incense[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Basal cuttings in early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Division of the rooted prostrate stems in the spring.