Prostranthera rotundafolia (Lamiateae Family)
This strongly aromatic
bush is a native to south east New South Wales, eastern Victoria
and Tasmania. Native Thyme was used by indigenous Australians for
it's medicinal properties. The bush grows up to 2 meters high, with
a showy display of lilac flowers on the tips in spring. It has very
small round leaves, in pairs, attached to a multitude of stemletts.
This plant is related to the Westringia and naturally occurs in
cool moist gullies, particularly along river banks. It is now a
very popular garden plant and can even be used as a low hedge.
Native Thyme is a strong growing plant when well watered, in a
sheltered, well drained position and in acid to neutral soil
conditions. As a pot plant, it provides a continuous supply of
ready herb and is easy to maintain with regular pruning.
Commercially, the Native Thyme is grown in shade house conditions
with well drained raised beds.
When used in
dishes featuring chicken, turkey, pork or lamb, a small amount
makes a big difference.