Acinos acinos (L.) Huth
Acinos acuminatus Friv.
Acinos arvensis (Schur) Dandy
Acinos clinopodiifacie Gilib.
Acinos eglandulosus Klokov
Acinos inflectus Klokov
Acinos schizodontus Klokov
Acinos subcrispus Klokov
Acinos thymoides Moench
Acinos villosus Pers.
Calamintha acinos (L.) Clairv.
Calamintha arvensis Lam.
Calamintha heterophylla (Poir.) Heynh.
Calamintha villosa (Pers.) A.Terracc.
Faucibarba acinos (L.) Dulac
Melissa acinos (L.) Benth.
Melissa arvensis (Schur) Bubani
Satureja acinos (L.) Scheele
Satureja villosa (Pers.) DÃ¶rfl.
Thymus acinoides Schleich. ex Rchb.
Thymus acinos L.
Thymus arvensis Schur
Thymus canescens Dumort.
Thymus concinnus Salisb.
Thymus diffusus Bluff & Fingerh.
Thymus gibbosus Stokes
Thymus heterophyllus Poir.
Common Name: Basil Thyme
Clinopodium acinos is an erect to ascending annual to short-lived perennial plant. It branches from the base to form a cluster of stems that can be 20cm or more tall[
The plant used to be a favourite remedy of the ancient herbalists, though it is little used in modern herbalism. The plant can also be used as a flavouring in food. It is sometimes grown in the ornamental garden and makes a good, temporary ground cover.
Almost throughout Europe, from Scandanavia and Russia, south to Spain and east to Turkey and western. Asia.
Dry sunny banks and in fields on chalky, gravelly and sandy soils[
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A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -15Â°c[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil[
], though it prefers a light well-drained dry soil in full sun[
]. Prefers sandy and alkaline growing conditions[
]. Dislikes shade.
A short-lived perennial, but the plants usually self-sow when they are growing in a suitable position[
The flowering tops are used as a flavouring[
] and in salads[
]. Said to be similar to thyme in odour but milder and more pleasant[
]. The plant is only faintly aromatic and does not really make a very good substitute for thyme[
Basil thyme was a great favourite of the ancient herbalists, though it is little used medicinally at present[
]. The herb is diuretic, odontalgic, rubefacient and stomachic[
]. The plant has also been added to bath water, especially for children, and is said to be a strengthener and nerve soother[
The essential oil has been applied externally as a rubefacient, whilst one drop of it put into a decayed tooth is said to alleviate the pain[
The flowering plant is harvested in the summer and is normally used fresh in infusions[
The plant makes a good ground cover[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. If you have sufficient seed then you could try sowing in situ in mid to late spring. Germination should take place within a month. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.
Basal cuttings in late spring. Very easy[