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PlantFiles: Basil Thyme, Mother of Thyme
Acinos arvensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acinos (ass-IN-ohs) (Info)
Species: arvensis (ar-VEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Acinos thymoides

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral HoneyBAdams On Sep 24, 2007, HoneyBAdams from Deer Park, TX wrote:

More Info:

Positive Happenstance On Apr 18, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Acinos: aromatic herb mentioned by Pliny, variously ascribed to be wild basil, basil-thyme.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Abilene, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia

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