Wild Basil - Clinopodium vulgare

    Alternative names
    Cushion Calamint
    Description

    Short to medium, softly hairy plant, slightly aromatic. Stems usually unbranched. Leaves oval, slightly toothed and short stalked. Flowers pinkish purple 12 to 22 mm long in dense rather distant whorls, the upper lip flat. Calyx purplish.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Scrub, banks and dry grassy places usually but not always on dry calcareous soils.

    When to see it

    Late June to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread in much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly widespread though not particularly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 61 of the 617 tetrads.

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