131787 WILD BASIL Clinopodium vulgare (Lamiaceae) Height to 35cm
Upright, hairy and usually unbranched perennial that grows in dry, grassy places, mostly on chalk or limestone soils. The whole plant is pleasantly aromatic. FLOWERS are 15-22mm long and pinkish purple; borne in whorls that have bristly, purple bracts that are coated in woolly hairs and arise from axils of the upper leaves (Jul-Sep). FRUITS are nutlets. LEAVES are ovate, toothed and stalked. STATUS-Locally common in S and E England but scarce or absent elsewhere in the region.