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Acinos arvensis

Basil thyme

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.15m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple white
  • Leaf ColourDark green purple

Description

Acinos arvensis (Basil thyme). This aromatic plant produces spikes of violet flowers with white throats, over dark green, wedge-shaped, toothed leaves. The fragrance resembles that of Thyme, hence the common name.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Spring Savoury

Origin

Mediterranean, W . Asia, N. Europe

Interest and use

Culinary, borders

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This plant likes a sunny spot and it does not like the frost. Harvesting may start in mid spring and may end in mid autumn.

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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