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Useful Temperate Plants

Clinopodium graveolens

(M.Bieb.) Kuntze

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Acinos canus (Steven ex M.Bieb.) Rchb.

Acinos erectus Friv.

Acinos exiguus (Sm.) Meikle

Acinos exiguus G.Don ex Steud.

Acinos fominii Des.-Shost.

Acinos graveolens (M.Bieb.) Link

Acinos incanus Griseb.

Acinos purpurascens Pers.

Acinos rotundifolius Pers.

Calamintha cana (Steven ex M.Bieb.) Heynh.

Calamintha exigua (Sm.) Holmboe

Calamintha graveolens (M.Bieb.) Benth.

Calamintha neorotundifolia Mateo

Calamintha rotundifolia (Pers.) Benth.

Clinopodium canum (Steven ex M.Bieb.) Kuntze

Melissa graveolens (M.Bieb.) Benth.

Melissa purpurascens Benth.

Melissa rotundifolia (Pers.) Benth.

Satureja crassinervis H.Lindb.

Satureja exigua (Sm.) Grande

Satureja graveolens (M.Bieb.) Caruel

Satureja rotundifolia (Pers.) Briq.

Thymus canus Steven ex M.Bieb.

Thymus exiguus Sm.

Thymus graveolens M.Bieb.

Thymus patavinus Pall. ex M.Bieb.

Thymus patavinus graveolens (M.Bieb.) Trevir.

Ziziphora alboi Caball.

Common Name:

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General Information

Clinopodium graveolens is a hairy annual plant, occasionally a short-lived perennial, with spreading stems that are branched at the base. It can sometimes grow up to 40cm tall, but is usually smaller[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It has occasionally been grown in the herb garden as a substitute for Satureja hortensis[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Southern Europe from Spain east through Asia to Afghanistan; N. Africa - Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Habitat

Dry stony and grassy habitats, cultivated and waste land, field margins.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.20 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in almost any well-drained soil, doing well in a hot dry soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

The leaves are used as a flavouring with beans etc, and are said to be a substitute for summer savoury, Satureia hortensis[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
], though we prefer that species[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The plant is aphrodisiac, stimulant[
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
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