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PlantFiles: Wild Basil
Clinopodium vulgare

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clinopodium (klin-oh-POH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Calamintha vulgaris
Synonym:Clinopodium vulgare var. neogaea
Synonym:Satureja vulgaris
Synonym:Satureja vulgaris var. diminuta
Synonym:Satureja vulgaris var. neogaea

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Leaves are used in fresh salads or dried to flavor rice, fish, vegetable and egg dishes. Drought tolerant.

Neutral hello85 On Jun 3, 2006, hello85 from Erie, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grows in many parts of Michigan, and is hardy there. Hardy to, at least, zone 5a.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oakland, Maryland
Erie, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Houghton, Michigan
Saint Helen, Michigan
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia
Gerrardstown, West Virginia
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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