E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Clinopodium vulgare L.
wild basil savory (wild basil)
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from creeping rhizome, soft-hairy, weakly scented; stems erect, 30-80 cm tall, simple or somewhat branched.
Opposite, egg-shaped, 2-5 cm long, tips somewhat rounded, bases rounded or broadly tapered, shallowly toothed; stalked.
Inflorescence of crowded, many-flowered, terminal and axillary clusters; bracts awl-shaped, mar gins hairy; corollas tubular, pink to rose-purple, 15-20 mm long, 2-lipped; calyces cylindric, 13-veined, the tube purplish, white-hairy, curved, somewhat 2-lipped, the upper 3 teeth broad-based, the 2 lower longer; stamens shorter than corollas.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together, egg-shaped, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to wet disturbed areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare throughout BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Calamintha clinopodium
Calamintha vulgaris (L.) Halácsy, non Clairv.
Clinopodium vulgare var. neogaea (Fernald) C.F. Reed
Satureja vulgaris (L.) Fritsch
Satureja vulgaris var. diminuta (Simon) Fernald & Wiegand
Satureja vulgaris var. neogaea Fernald

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