Etymology: Acinos: aromatic herb mentioned by Pliny, variously ascribed to be wild basil, basil-thyme; a grape
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-8" tall forb; stems square, finely hairy, usually branched from the base
Leaves: opposite, oval to elliptic, usually less than 3 times as long as wide
Flowers: blue to pale purple, 5-parted, 1/3" wide, irregular tube shape, on short stalks directly from the stem, lower lip divided into 2 equal parts, upper lip with 2 small teeth ; inflorescence a widely-separated whorl of 1-3 flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: disturbed areas, roadsides
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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