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Acinos alpinus

Rock Thyme, Alpine Calamint

Clusters of tubular purplish flowers appear at the end of each stem from late May through early June.  Forms tufts of tiny, fragrant, semi-evergreen leaves reaching only 6” tall. Very floriferous and attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Drought tolerant once established. A superb rock garden, wall garden, container, and trough garden plant.

Fragrant, semi-evergreen foliage
Tubular purple flowers
Attracts butterflies
Great for the rock and trough gardens
Height: 4-6 Inches
Spread: 9-12 Inches
Zone: 4-9
Color: Purple

Rock Thyme, Alpine Calamint Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Dry
Average
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Perennial Border
Fragrant
Dry Sun
Container
Mass Planting
Accent Plant
Evergreen
Drought Tolerant
Rock Garden
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Rock Thyme, Alpine Calamint

Thrives in well-drained, gritty soils in sunny locations. Readily propagated by seeds and may also be increased via division in spring and by cuttings in summer.

Interesting Notes

This plant is synonymous with Calamintha alpinus, Thymus alpinus, and Satureja alpinus. Native to the high altitude regions of southern Europe, Acinos alpinus is not only an alpine plant in terms of preferred growing conditions, but also in terms of geographic origin.