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