Wild Basil is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland, well-drained soil and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 50cm.
Although Wild Basil is occasionally used in cooking and to make herbal tea, it is a different species to the one used for dried basil and the fresh Sweet Basil used in salads, which are cultivars of Ocimum basilicum.
Botanic classification and naming: Wild Basil is a member of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family. The genus name
'Clinopodium' identifies the plant as a Wild Basil and its species name 'vulgare' means 'common species'.