Clinopodium vulgare – Wild Basil

Wild basil is a member of the dead-nettle family characterised by their square stems and flowers with joined petals arranged in two lips. In the genus to which Wild basil belongs the upper lip is two lobed and the lower one three lobed. The plant has pinkish purple flowers and is in flower from July until September. It is a short to medium height plant with numerous usually unbranched stems forming clumps. The leaves are oval and slightly toothed.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Grassland Perennial 2500 Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire Currently unavailable


Habitat Information

Wild basil is characteristic of dry calcareous soils. It is good at colonizing open ground and then holding its own against competition so long as it is not subject to too much disturbance. It can therefore be found on sites such as quarries, waste ground, dune slacks and also coarse scrubby grassland, woodland margins and hedgerows.

Growing Information

Probably best sown in the autumn.

Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.


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