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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The flowering tops are used as a flavouring[1][2][3] and in salads[4]. Said to be similar to thyme in odour but milder and more pleasant[3]. The plant is only faintly aromatic and does not really make a very good substitute for thyme[238, K].

Leaves

Material uses

The plant makes a good ground cover[5].

There are no material uses listed for Acinos arvensis.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Basil thyme was a great favourite of the ancient herbalists, though it is little used medicinally at present[1]. The herb is diuretic, odontalgic, rubefacient and stomachic[1][6][4]. 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[1]. The plant has also been added to bath water, especially for children, and is said to be a strengthener and nerve soother[1]. The flowering plant is harvested in the summer and is normally used fresh in infusions[4].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

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].

Seed

Rooted cuttings

Cultivation

Succeeds in any well-drained soil[5], though it prefers a light well-drained dry soil in full sun[7][4]. Prefers sandy and alkaline growing conditions[4]. Dislikes shade. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -15°c[4]. A short-lived perennial, but the plants usually self-sow when they are growing in a suitable position[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Acinos arvensis. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Acinos arvensis.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Acinos arvensis
Genus
Acinos
Family
Labiatae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    0.15 x 0.3
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    indigo, violet
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.61.7 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (32202/01/01)
    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (32202/01/01)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (32202/01/01)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.74.84.9 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (32202/01/01)
    5. ? 5.05.15.2 Phillips. R. & Foy. N. Herbs Pan Books Ltd. London. ISBN 0-330-30725-8 (32202/01/01)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (32202/01/01)
    7. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (32202/01/01)
    8. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (32202/01/01)
    9. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (32202/01/01)


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