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Acinos arvensis - (Lam.)Dandy.

Common Name Basil Thyme
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sunny banks and in fields on chalky, gravelly and sandy soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia to the Mediterranean and east to W. Asia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Acinos arvensis Basil Thyme


Acinos arvensis Basil Thyme
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Acinos arvensis is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

A. thymoides. Calamintha acinos. Satureia acinos.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The flowering tops are used as a flavouring[4, 177, 183] and in salads[238]. Said to be similar to thyme in odour but milder and more pleasant[183]. The plant is only faintly aromatic and does not really make a very good substitute for thyme[238, K].

Medicinal Uses



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Diuretic;  Odontalgic;  Rubefacient;  Stomachic.

Basil thyme was a great favourite of the ancient herbalists, though it is little used medicinally at present[4]. The herb is diuretic, odontalgic, rubefacient and stomachic[4, 61, 238]. 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[4]. The plant has also been added to bath water, especially for children, and is said to be a strengthener and nerve soother[4]. The flowering plant is harvested in the summer and is normally used fresh in infusions[238].

Other Uses

The plant makes a good ground cover[244].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil[244], though it prefers a light well-drained dry soil in full sun[1, 238]. Prefers sandy and alkaline growing conditions[238]. Dislikes shade. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -15°c[238]. A short-lived perennial, but the plants usually self-sow when they are growing in a suitable position[238].

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. If you have sufficient seed then you could try sowing in situ in April or May. 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[K].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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