"Much branched annual; stems 1–3 dm, finely hairy; lvs linear to narrowly oblanceolate, often revolute, 1–2 cm; fls few in the uppermost axils, subsessile, subtended by reduced lvs and separated by short internodes, forming compact, spike-like, often secund infls; cal nearly regular, 5 mm, the lobes about equaling the tube; cor pale pink-purple to white, 5–7 mm; style-branches short, slender, subequal; 2n=45–48. Native of the Mediterranean region and sw. Asia, escaped from cult. here and there in our range. July–Sept."
Annual to 35 cm. Stems branched with very short retrorse white hairs. Leaves spread over stem, linear to linear-lanceolate, 10-20 x 1-3 mm, tapering into an inconspicuous petiole, gland-dotted, with few simple hairs. Verticillasters conferted or distant, with 5-15 congested or lax flowers. Bracts c. 1.5 x length of calyces. Calyx ± bilabiate, 3-5 mm, gland-dotted and with simple hairs; teeth narrow linear to subulate, apiculate, to 3 mm, lower somewhat longer than upper. Corolla lilac, pink or white, 5-10 mm; tube included in or somewhat exserted from calyx. Nutlets broad oblong-ovoid, pale brown, 1-1.4 mm long.
10–30 cm hoch, nicht verholzt, kurz behaart, meist reich verzweigt, mit aufrechten Ästen, einjährig, stark aromatisch. Stängel oft rötlich. Blätter schmal-lanzettlich, ganzrandig, kurz gestielt, 1–3 cm lang. Blüten zu 1–3 in den obersten Bla