Clinopodium vulgare (wild basil)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types
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Plant Overview

A British native perennial wild flower that provides nectar to our bees and butterfly's. Can be used as part of a wildflower meadow or makes a good border plant. Drought tolerant and can be used in gravel gardens.

Flowers between July and September, when it produces whorls of delicately-coloured flowers at the top of each stem. The flowers range in hue from rich purple to vibrant violet to subtle pink. 

If allowed to set seed, it will spread happily.

Historically, it has many uses, from food flavouring to clothes dyes. Despite the purple hue of its flowers, the dyes it produces are brown or yellow in colour. An aromatic herb tea is made from the fresh leaves. Used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory.

Height: Up to 60cm but often much shorter.

Common name(s): Wild Basil

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.