Acinos alpinus (L.) Moench
Calamintha alpina (L.) Lam.
Faucibarba alpina (L.) Dulac
Melissa alpina (L.) Benth.
Satureja alpina (L.) Scheele
Thymus alpinus L.
Common Name: Alpine Calamint
Flowering stem of a plant growing in the Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Photograph by: H. Zell
Acinos alpinus is a strongly-branched, perennial plant producing a cluster of stems 10 - 15cm tall from a fibrous root system. The stems become woody at the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, flavouring and tea.It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens.
Central and southern Europe from the Alps of France to Ukraine, south to Spain, Greece and Turkey; N. Africa - Morocco.
Dry sunny habitats in mountains and rocky places[
]. Rocks and shady mountain slopes in the subalpine zone[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in almost any well-drained soil, doing well in a hot dry soil[
The leaves are used as a flavouring in cooked dishes[
] and also as a tea substitute[
The plant is diaphoretic, febrifuge[
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.