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Acinos Genus

Calamint

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Poor quality
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Acinos genus (Calamint). There are around 10 species consisting of annuals and evergreen perennials. They are small bushy spreading plants and will grow up to between 10cm and 45cm tall. They produce tubular flowers borne on spikes which flower around mid-summer. The name comes from the Greek 'akinos' which is the name of a small aromatic plant.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Semi-evergreens or Evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

C.S.Europe, Asia

Interest and use

Rock gardens and borders

Cultivation

They dislike wet conditions.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or autumn. Basal softwood cuttings can be rooted in late spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to aphids and red spider mites under glass.

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