The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Cat Thyme
Teucrium marum is a Evergreen Shrub up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Europe - W. Mediterranean.
Dry hills and bushy places[
Succeeds in any moderately good soil[
], preferring a dry soil[
] and a sunny position[
]. Does well in dry places in the rock garden[
Plants are not fully hardy in Britain, they can be killed in severe winters especially if the weather is wet[
The bruised leaves release a pungent aroma[
Cats are strongly attracted to this plant and may tear it to pieces[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The whole herb is aromatic, deobstruent, diuretic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[
]. The plant is supposed to possess very active powers and has been recommended in the treatment of many diseases, being considered useful in most nervous complaints[
]. It is used in the treatment of gallbladder and stomach problems[
The root bark is considerably astringent and has been used for checking haemorrhages[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the whole herb[
]. It is said to be effectual against small thread-worms in children[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they are large enough. Otherwise, grow them on in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in the following spring.
Division in early spring[
]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[